This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP 8 forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide and have Edward Finegan & Robert Liguori on-line! See this thread for details.
Sam, I used GridBagLayout in my GUI and also Flow and Border. I like the almost total control you get with it GridBag, but it also depends what you are comfortable using and what gives you the desired effect you are achieving. Mike