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Loading a frame inside a panel

Hi all

I'm trying to build an application where the main buttons remain on the main frame and a new
(internal)frame shows or loads within the application when one is clicked. In this frame
there might be some input boxes where data is entered and the "next" button is clicked which
will take to another set of functions or just show a confirmation message.

I'm not sure I'm explaining this right so i'll just show a sketch.

http://www.geocities.com/e_freet/roughsketch.gif 

I'm using Netbeans IDE to build the GUI using swing.

It will have a wizard like interface. With around five or six main options and each one will take user to a wizard like interface inside the main application. I'm thinking using internal frames for each one would make the code a little bulky. Is there any way to do this without using internal frames? I mean by loading a frame from outside to a panel or something inside the main frame for each option?

Thanks in advance :)
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efreet
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CEHJCommented:
You should probably use a CardLayout for a wizard:


http://java.sun.com/docs/books/tutorial/uiswing/layout/card.html
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efreetAuthor Commented:
Yes, I'm using the card layout on each frame. But I want know if it is possible to use an outside frame with the card layout and load it in a panel or something in the main frame. Because there would be lots of frames and creating lots of internal frames may not be good, I'm thinking.

Any suggestions?

Thanks again :)
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Mayank SAssociate Director - Product EngineeringCommented:
You can always put a container (like a JPanel) inside another container (like another JPanel). Apply the layout to the inner JPanel.
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JohnnyAffaCommented:
Container contentPane = this.getContentPane();
contentPane.setLayout(new CardLayout());

// what youll need to do is create subclasses of JPanel so that when you click a button a particular panel is displayed.  of course youll have to create and add them to the contentPane first;  DONT create them when you click a button, only display them ie set them visible

JPanel quickLaunch = new JPanel(null);
quickLaunch.setSize(0,30);// dont need to set the width, its automatically sized

JButtons button[] = new JButton[10];
int buttonSize = quickLaunch.getSize().height;

for ( int index = 0; index < button.length; index++ )
{
     button[index] = new JButton();
     button[index].setBounds(index * buttonSize,0,buttonSize,buttonSize);
// buttons are square and the height of the quickLaunch panel
    button[index].addActionListener(this);
    button[index].addActionCommand(String.valueOf(index));
     quickLaunch.add(button[index]);

}


public void actionPreformed(ActionEvent a)
{
     String id = a.getActionCommand();

     if ( id.eqauls("1") )
            // display panel 1

blah blah blah

// you could convert the id to an int using Integer.parseInt(a.getActionCommand());
}

hope that helped/was what you were looking for

8-)>
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Mayank SAssociate Director - Product EngineeringCommented:
>> actionPreformed

actionPerformed
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efreetAuthor Commented:
Thanks all

I got it now. I created a new panel class

public class externalPanel extends javax.swing.JPanel

with all my buttons and other GUI stuff in it and then created an instance of it in my frame class
externalPanel somepanel = new externalPanel();

and put it in another panel in the main frame class
thepanel.add(somepanel);

Thanks for the help :)
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