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Hi

I am having a problem getting my layout correct, the GUI I want to create should look something like the following:

     _____________________________
    |_____________________________|
    | _________....._____.............................|
    ||.....................|...|_____|....Label..............| <-- TextField
    ||.....................|.............................................|
    ||.....................|.............................................|
    ||.....................|...._____.............................|
    ||_________|...|_____|............................| <-- Button
    |_____________________________|

I have the list box created and displayed fine but and have created a panel to store the TextField, Label and Button as follows:

panel2.add(testName);
panel2.add(new JLabel("# of records");
panel2.add(runButton);

This gives me the three in a row ... any ideas as to what layou manager to use and how to put in gaps between them .... I've played about with a few managers but am ending up scrapping it and restarting as it's not doing what I need!

Some code snippets, or tips would be really appreciated!
Thanks
J

PS sorry about the dots but spaces wrecked the layout!
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by:oumer
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I think the best layout is the gridbaglayout which gives you a lot of options, but it's a little more complex than the rest.
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by:goldwarlock
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USe null layout manager or XYLayout in JBuilder/Jdeveloper
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by:ozymandias
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You could use a Box and BoxLayout.

This allows you to create "glue", "struts" and "rigid areas" within the box to space out your components.
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Igor Bazarny earned 300 total points
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Hi,

I would use BorderLayout for the right pane:

Panel rightTop = new Panel();
rightTop.add(testName);
rightTop.add(new Label("# of records"));

Panel right = new Panel();
right.setLayout(new BorderLayout());
right.add(rightTop, BorderLayout.NORTH);
right.add(runButton, BorderLayout.SOUTH); // Maybe some Panel around button to avoid stretching

And maybe BorderLayout again to make right pane same height as Listbox. Or simple GridBag. Or Box. There are many choices. I basically don't like to use GridBagLayout. And if you care about platform portability or possibility of resizing your window, don't even think about null or XYLayout.

Regards,
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by:jimaricat072100
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You try Absolute positioning with null Layout,..or u can simply make that to Box Layout nd fit in a BorderLayout West part.
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by:goldwarlock
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If your application doesnt need to be resized automatiacally use GridBack (that's pane)

THEN use null layout or XYLayout
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