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Hi Experts,

    I am reading the JFrame in the Sun java tutorial. I saw JFrame has the following function :
   
    getContentPane() :  Returns the contentPane object for this frame.

    I don't know what "contentPane" is ... and I can not find the "contentPane" class or container it in the tutorial ....... could anyone please give me some directions ? Thanks a lot !

 meow.
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contentpane is the container that you add components to.
it is a Container.
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ie. you don't add components to the frame, you instead add them to the content pane.

eg.

Container pane = frame.getContentPane();
pane.setLayout(new FlowLayout());
pane.add(new JLabel("X"));
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Thanks .... so is it true that : in the

 "pane.setLayout(new FlowLayout());
  pane.add(new JLabel("X")); "

 we still use JFrame method setLayout() and add(), even though they are invoked by a pane rather than a frame ?

  thanks !

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No, you use the Container setLayout() and add() then
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No, you are setting the layout of the bit of the frame that contains components...

You can't call JFrame.setLayout() or JFrame.add, as JFrame cannot contain components, or have a layout... that is the job of the content pane...

Think of the JFrame as the window border, and the title bar, and the close/minimise/maximise icons, and the contentPane as the bit that contains all of the controls...
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> we still use JFrame method setLayout() and add(), even though they are invoked by a pane rather than a frame ?

No, in fact you'll get an error if you do.
you should add your components to the content pane.
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Thank you
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