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anuj thite
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Joined: Apr 14, 2009
Posts: 49
Hello all members,

i am developing small application in swing.

my application requires menu bar.

i think there are two ways for creating a menubar.
1st way :

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JMenubar mnuBar = new JMenubar();

JMenu mnu = new JMenu("File");

JMenuItem mnuItm1 = new JMenuItem("New");
JMenuItem mnuItm2 = new JMenuItem("Open");
JMenuItem mnuItm3 = new JMenuItem("Save");

mnu.add(mnuItm1);
mnu.add(mnuItm2);
mnu.add(mnuItm3);

mnuBar.add(mnu);


2nd way :-
1. First crate menu bar object.
2. get all menu names from .properties file using for loop.
3. create all menu objects.
4. then check whether given menu has any submenus or not ???
5. if it has, then get names of all from .properties file, create all menu items objects & add it to menu object.

& so on...

Can you tell me which way is better and most widely used for adding menubar for any type (small / large) of an application?


Thanks in advance.
Ulf Dittmer
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Joined: Mar 22, 2005
Posts: 42913
    
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At compile time there are no objects (object are created at runtime), so I'm not sure what you mean by #1.

If you give examples of both techniques we may be able to give an opinion on them.
anuj thite
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Joined: Apr 14, 2009
Posts: 49
Ulf Dittmer wrote:At compile time there are no objects (object are created at runtime), so I'm not sure what you mean by #1.

If you give examples of both techniques we may be able to give an opinion on them.



1st way :

---
---
JMenubar mnuBar = new JMenubar();

JMenu mnu = new JMenu("File");

JMenuItem mnuItm1 = new JMenuItem("New");
JMenuItem mnuItm2 = new JMenuItem("Open");
JMenuItem mnuItm3 = new JMenuItem("Save");

mnu.add(mnuItm1);
mnu.add(mnuItm2);
mnu.add(mnuItm3);

mnuBar.add(mnu);


2nd way :-
1. First crate menu bar object.
2. get all menu names from .properties file using for loop.
3. create all menu objects.
4. then check whether given menu has any submenus or not ???
5. if it has, then get names of all from .properties file, create all menu items objects & add it to menu object.

& so on...
Maneesh Godbole
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Joined: Jul 26, 2007
Posts: 10535
    
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Having a properties file makes sense only if you want to modify the menu labels from outside the application. Why are you considering the properties file approach.
Menus are usually build inside the application.


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