I have a question about splitpanes and jdesktoppanes.
I want to build a MDI application, this application has 1 JFrame with a JDesktopPane into it, now I want to add a big menubar on the right side of the screen (the same as the My Computer window in XP, only the menubar is on the right side). In that menubar the user can navigate to different screens, these screens will be shown on the left side of the menubar. The menubar must always be visible and cannot be closed.
I have programmed this and this works fine, but now I want to make the menubar horizontal sizeable. I do this by placing a JSplitPane into the desktop pane, but now I cannot put the content pane in the left component because the split pane is part of the content pane, and you cannot add the parent to the child. When I leave the left component of the splitpane blank, the content pane area where my internal frames will be shown is gone. The splitpane has consumed the whole screen.
What's the best approach to solve this? If I put a JPanel in the left component for example, is it then still possible to make a MDI application with internal frames (these will then be shown on top of the panel) or do I need the jdesktoppane for my internal frames?