This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
Only Applets and JApplets have a built in status bar. If you want to do this in another top-level component, you will have to do it yourself. Perhaps adding a Label or JLabel into the BorderLayout.SOUTH area of the Frame and setting the text in it would work for what you want.
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