// AWT this.setLayout( new GridBagLayout() ); // Swing Container contentPane = this.getContentPane(); contentPane.setLayout( new GridBaglayout() );
Writing your own LayoutManager is much easier than you might expect. A custom LayoutManager is much better than resorting to absolute positioning. See StarLayout for the source code for a simple LayoutManager. Basically all a LayoutManager has to do is assign a size to each Component in the Container, usually based on Component.getMinimumSize, getPreferredSize and getMaxiumumSize, and also assign each Component’s position relative to the top left corner of the Container.
There are two major benefits to writing your own LayoutManager.
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