Re: New to swing, need gui layout help

Eric Sosman <esosman@ieee-dot-org.invalid>
Sat, 01 Sep 2007 13:53:31 -0400
CJ wrote:

I have been using java for years, now I need to go gui work. I am
having a Dickens of a time trying to grasp the swing layout managers,
specifically how to control placement on screen.

I am not looking for an IDE, but want to gain a better understanding
of the mechanics of how the layout managers "decide" to layout
components. Most references I have found only parrot what the API
javadocs , which are terse as best.

Does anyone have real world examples of laying out java swing UIs?

I am sure I will be flamed for this general, newbie question, assuming
somewhere on this group this question has been asked and answered.
Sorry in advance.

     The Java Tutorial at
is as good a place as any to start learning.

     I also found the article
"Effective Layout Management: Short Course" to be helpful.

     If all else fails, Google Java layout manager and browse
the two and a half million hits it turns up. Even if Sturgeon's
Law holds, there's a quarter-million useful links among them.

Eric Sosman

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