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GUI design choice for the SCJD

 
Greg Funston
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Hello all. I have spent quite a few hours going over GUI design. I look at Roberto's Figure 13 in his paper Demystifying the SCJD and it has a very nice look and feel to it. I always like to provide as nice an interface as possible but this looks a little more than is required to meet the requirement in this assignment. The SCJD assignment specifies that "You are permitted to use any IDE tool you choose, but you must not submit any code that is not your own work". I take that this means using the IDE to help generate code for a GUI is out. I am wondering what other members who have successfully passed this certification have done regarding GUI layout and design. Comments are much appreciated regarding the GUI Layout(GridBagLayout etc.) and the method with which you accomplished the design.

Cheers,
Greg Funston SCJP

PS- When it comes to GUI layouts I am a newbie so please be as detailed as possible(within reason of course). Also I am willing to do whatever work is required. I just need to be pointed in the right direction to minimize the amount of work this will take.
 
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I used Eclipse as IDE and didn't use any (gui) code generation (of course I sometimes used the "generate getter/setter" or "override/implement methods" functionality). My GUI design is quiet similar to the one used in Roberto's paper. I used just 3 layout managers in my assignment: GridBagLayout, FlowLayout and BorderLayout. And like already said: I coded my GUI completely manually (no code generation). I would not try to use an IDE tool to generate your gui code, because it might result in automatic failure. And some gui builders use their own layout managers which creates an external dependency on the tool you are using which will definitely result in an automatic failure.
It's true that the window in the paper shows a bit different functionality than the "must" requirements.
 
Greg Funston
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Thanks very much Roel. Much appreciated.

Cheers,
Greg Funston SJCD
 
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