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Popup menu for look and feel

Ken Boyd
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Joined: Dec 10, 2003
Posts: 329
Is it okay to provide Look and Feel menu bar (just like in JFC demo with JDK) in URLyBird assignment! I have menu bar and popup menu as well, so user can change look and feel using pop-up (right click of mouse on GUI) and via menu bar. It will detect which look and feel works on given platform e.g. Windows 2k or XP you can have Java or Windows or Motif (other will be disable)..

Do you think I am adding any extra feature set to reduce my mark in GUI. Otherwise I have standard GUI with JTable, JButtons, JMenubar, JTextField (for search) and message bar to display any messages.


Ronald Wouters
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Joined: Apr 28, 2005
Posts: 190

if you look at Ken Krebs' notesKen Krebs' notes he mentions :
I used NO menus or toolbars, merely providing comboxes and buttons to perform the relevant operations and exit the app. I did put a lot of effort into the appearance of the JTable

and he passed with a score of 389 /400.
I would say this is something to consider ...

Ronald Wouters

Sun Certified Developer for the Java 2 Platform
Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for the Java Platform, Enterprise Edition 5
Ken Boyd
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Joined: Dec 10, 2003
Posts: 329
thanks for the link
Paul Bourdeaux
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Joined: May 24, 2004
Posts: 783
You do not need to implement a toolbar or menu bar... but I think you will find that many ranchers did. It has become a convention to include at least a rudimentary meny bar in any GUI application. If you search the forum for "toolbar" or "menu bar" you will find many more posts regarding this.

If you choose not to implement a menu bar or toolbar, you should probably mention that you felt it was outside the scope of the assignment in your choices.txt.

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