This week's book giveaway is in the OCPJP forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide and have Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates on-line! See this thread for details.
Nope. Easiest way to get what you want is to use a JDialog. You can just create a class that extends JDialog. Treat everything in that class just like coding for a JFrame and don't put any buttons on it.