Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Totally Gridbag, dude!

WARNING: This blog entry was imported from my old blog on (which used different blogging software), so formatting and links may not be correct.

One of my coworkers sent this link to me:
. I found it hilarious; if you've written Swing code by hand you probably will too.

I don't want to start a flamewar here, but I really like the grid bag layout: it's the only way I can

Of course, I don't do what the animation shows: typing in source code to manipulate the layout directly. This is a perfect occasion for a tool. With NetBeans it's a breeze customizing gridbag layouts using their gridbag layout customizer. Experimenting with it is how I learned how the gridbag layout works, but even now that I know I prefer to use a tool to create layout code.


  1. Try JGoodies FormLayout. I can tell you that it's at least as good as gridBag. But with one difference. Much more f*king easyer to use.