Java Newbie has questions about NetBeans, Swing, and JFC

Hello,

I have several newbie questions:

 1.  how can  I install more components using NetBeans IDE 3.6? (Swing, Beans, and AWT Components)

 2. Where can I find free components? (I would like to think there is a free archive of Components somewhere - similar to CPAN for PERL).

 3. Is there a walk-through for designing layouts with JFrames? (I'm not sure how to get forms to look like what I want. This is because I do not understand layout concepts - like putting a grid down and populating it, etc.)

 4. What is the layout concept for NetBeans IDE 3.6? (WYSIWYG?) (When I drap and drop controls, how do I get them "right where I want them")

 5. If I put a control into a another control, is this transparent? Or do I now need to say "parentControl.ChildControl.method()"?

 6. Can I use ALL of the JFCs with NetBeans IDE 3.6?

 7. Is there anything I should know as a Newbie setting up JSDK2 and NetBeans IDE?

 8. When I "mount" a filepath, how do I make sure that the path is correct for the package? (I want to avoid path errors)



 Thanks for the help!
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petmagdyCommented:
>>1.  how can  I install more components using NetBeans IDE 3.6? (Swing, Beans, and AWT Components)
in netbeans menu (Tools --> install new javabeans...) and point to ur 3rd party javabeans JAR file
also take a look at the catalog:
http://www.netbeans.org/catalogue/install.html

2. Where can I find free components? (I would like to think there is a free archive of Components somewhere - similar to CPAN for PERL).
www.netbeans.org

>> 7. Is there anything I should know as a Newbie setting up JSDK2 and NetBeans IDE?
u first install JSDK2 and when u install NetBeans it will find it

>> 8. When I "mount" a filepath, how do I make sure that the path is correct for the package? (I want to avoid path errors)
the path u mount is the root folder for ur java classes, if ur mount is "c:\myptoject" a class like "com.mypackage.MyClass" should reside at "c:\myptoject\com\mypackage\MyClass"

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petmagdyCommented:
>>4. What is the layout concept for NetBeans IDE 3.6? (WYSIWYG?) (When I drap and drop controls, how do I get them "right where I want them")

it is not the matter of netbeans layout concept it is the matter of J2SE AWT and Swing layout concepts, refer to the JDK documentation to learn about them

>>6. Can I use ALL of the JFCs with NetBeans IDE 3.6?
yes
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petmagdyCommented:
my advice to it is not the matter of the IDE, study the J2SE technology itself first
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zzynxSoftware engineerCommented:
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CodingExpertsCommented:
There is something called Help in the menubar I guess that should suffice, and weell can answer all yor questions.. or you want it all cooked.

-CE
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sapbucketAuthor Commented:
Thanks everyone! Getting started with a new programming environment can be tedious ( -> CE :P).

I will make sure everyone gets due credit.

Thanks for the links zzynx, and thank you petmagdy for the explanation.

I do have one more question:

9. Are there any third-party programs or extensions that expert NetBeaners use that I should look into? (dev tools, profilers, etc.)

and maybe a couple more over the next day :)

Thanks again
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sapbucketAuthor Commented:
If anyone else wants to add to this I would most appreciate it
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zzynxSoftware engineerCommented:
9. Have a look at the netBeans site for extra modules.
But to start with, I think netBeans is more that enough.
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zzynxSoftware engineerCommented:
...more than enough, I meant of course
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sapbucketAuthor Commented:
Thanks again everyone. I am off and running...
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zzynxSoftware engineerCommented:
Thanks for accepting and success.
(We'll certainly here from you if you got stuck somewhere ;°)
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