Re: New to swing, need gui layout help
Thanks Eric. I have been through the sun tutorials. I have also read
many of the "two and a half million hits" google turns up. Most are
just a parrot of the tutorials and none describe the mechanics of
layout managers. Sure if one only needs to write calculators, the
tutorials are extremely useful. But I notice that all IDEs I have
looked into use hand rolled layout managers, indicating the JDK layout
managers are not as useful for more real world apps.
Actually, the IDE use layout managers that are easy for a programmatic
system to generate code for.
Have you looked into NetBeans? It's layout manager (Spring, I think) is
now standard in Java 1.5 or 1.6 or so. So you don't have to try to add
it to your jars. Just require the latest Java and you're good.
O'Reilly's _Learning Java_ goes into layout managers quite a bit. I
don't know if it has more detail than the tutorials you've looked at,
but if you don't mind one more dead tree on your bookshelf you might
check into it. The explanations are brief but also informative, and
cover most common functionality of the pre-1.4 layout managers. It is
better than the dead simple make-a-calculator examples I've seen.
I can't really talk about any other Swing GUI books. LJ is all I own...
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