There is a CardLayout layout manager name clay and has been populated with 5 components whose identifiers are "A", "B", "C", "D", "E". I don't know the order in which the components were added to the container. I know, however, that the component with the identifier "B" is not the first component. In such a case, how could I display the component that was added to the container prior to the one having the identifier of "B"? I know there are 4 possible methods I could use first(), last(), next(), and previous(). But how? How could I display the component that was added to the container prior to "B" if I don't know the order of the container? I would appreciate your suggestion/advice/help. Thanks in advance.
you could keep track of the order yourself: when you create the panels you put the identifiers into a List which will preserve their order. the list allows you to retrieve the identifier using the index: list.get(list.indexOf("B") - 1); chantal