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.
If you purposefully set the layout manager to null as listed above you can use setBounds() to specify the size and location off all your GUI elements. However, they will not be resized or moved if the window changes size.