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.
I am very sorry, but I moved your original post to another forum because it appeared to be more appropriate there.
The original seems to have vanished mysteriously, and I am sure I didn't send it to the wrong place. I am afraid I still think this is more of a specific Swing topic than a general beginner's topic, so I shall transfer this thread to Swing as well.