iPadx

Hi,

I quite like the iPad functionality in GridBagLayout as it means I can for example, set a JComboBox so that its minimum size will always be big enough to display all the text and not have "..."
  I'm using a different layout manager and I want this iPad functionality. I guess I can get it by specifying a fixed minimum size, but then I have to specify a fixed Dimension - with iPadx I could just do iPadx = 10;  and not have to worry about the component height, so if I'm never fixing any components height then it is just using the swing defaults which is what I want.

Badly worded question, but basically how do I have iPadx functionality using a different layout manager other than GridBagLayout??

Cheers,
Cathal.
cathalmchaleAsked:
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zzynxConnect With a Mentor Software engineerCommented:
Forget the previous:

/*
 * ExtraSpaceListCellRenderer.java
 *
 */

import javax.swing.*;
import javax.swing.border.*;
import java.awt.*;

public class ExtraSpaceListCellRenderer extends DefaultListCellRenderer {
   
    /** Creates a new instance of LocalizedListCellRenderer */
    public ExtraSpaceListCellRenderer() {
    }
   
    public Component getListCellRendererComponent(
                                JList list, Object value, int index,
                                boolean isSelected, boolean cellHasFocus) {
        String displayString = "";
        if (value != null)
            displayString = "  " + value.toString() + "  ";
        return super.getListCellRendererComponent(
                list, displayString, index, isSelected, cellHasFocus);
    }    
}

and

/*
 * ComboDemo.java
 *
 */

import javax.swing.*;

public class ComboDemo extends javax.swing.JPanel {

    private javax.swing.JComboBox theComboBox;
   
    /** Creates new form ComboDemo */
    public ComboDemo() {
        initComponents();
       
        DefaultComboBoxModel model = new DefaultComboBoxModel();
        model.addElement("Element one");
        model.addElement("Element two");
        model.addElement("Element eleven");
        model.addElement("This is a rather long one");
        theComboBox.setModel(model);
       
        theComboBox.setRenderer( new ExtraSpaceListCellRenderer() );
    }
   
    private void initComponents() {
        theComboBox = new javax.swing.JComboBox();
        add(theComboBox);
    }

   
    public static void main(String args[]) {
        // Set the windows Look & Feel
        try {
            UIManager.setLookAndFeel(UIManager.getSystemLookAndFeelClassName());
        }
        catch (Exception e) { }

        JFrame f = new JFrame("Demo");
        f.setDefaultCloseOperation(JFrame.EXIT_ON_CLOSE);
        f.getContentPane().add( new ComboDemo() );
        f.setSize(500,500);
        f.setLocationRelativeTo(null);
        f.show();
    }
}

Remark: This is in the assumption that with "bigger" you meant wider (and not higher)
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zzynxSoftware engineerCommented:
>> set a JComboBox so that its minimum size will always be big enough to display all the text and not have "..."
I think that if you put the JComboBox in a simple FlowLayout you'll automatically have this behaviour.
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cathalmchaleAuthor Commented:
>> I think that if you put the JComboBox in a simple FlowLayout you'll automatically have this behaviour.

perhaps, but if i want it to be a little bit bigger again eg, 5 or 10 pixels bigger (so that it doesnt appear squashed - a little bit of breathing room!)
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zzynxSoftware engineerCommented:
That's something I solve by setting my own ListCellRenderer which has

           this.setBorder(new EmptyBorder(0,5,0,5));  // top, left, bottom, right

in it's constructor.
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cathalmchaleAuthor Commented:
i added this code but it doesnt seem to have had any effect ??

opCombo.setRenderer(new DefaultListCellRenderer());
((DefaultListCellRenderer)opCombo.getRenderer()).setBorder(new EmptyBorder(0,20,0,20));
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zzynxSoftware engineerCommented:
I've re-read your question:
>>I guess I can get it by specifying a fixed minimum size, but then I have to specify a fixed Dimension -
>>with iPadx I could just do iPadx = 10;  and not have to worry about the component height,
>>so if I'm never fixing any components height then it is just using the swing defaults which is what I want.

Try this in the above code:

    public ComboDemo() {
        initComponents();
       
        DefaultComboBoxModel model = new DefaultComboBoxModel();
        model.addElement("Element one");
        model.addElement("Element two");
        model.addElement("Element eleven");
        model.addElement("This is a rather long one");
        theComboBox.setModel(model);

        Dimension d = theComboBox.getPreferredSize();
        d.setSize( 250, d.getHeight() );
        theComboBox.setMinimumSize(d);
        theComboBox.setPreferredSize(d);
    }
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cathalmchaleAuthor Commented:
thankyou,
they both work - i quite like the renderer solution, i just modified the constructor a little.
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zzynxSoftware engineerCommented:
Thanks :)
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