The Definitive Guide to Java Swing Third Edition JOHN ZUKOWSKI The Definitive Guide to Java Swing, Third Edition Copyright (c) 2005 by John Zukowski All rights reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage or retrieval system, without the prior written permission of the copyright owner and the publisher. ISBN (pbk): 1-59059-447-9 Printed and bound in the United States of America 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Trademarked names may appear in this book. Rather than use a trademark symbol with every occurrence of a trademarked name, we use the names only in an editorial fashion and to the benefit of the trademark owner, with no intention of infringement of the trademark. Lead Editor: Steve Anglin Technical Reviewer: Robert Castaneda Editorial Board: Steve Anglin, Dan Appleman, Ewan Buckingham, Gary Cornell, Tony Davis, Jason Gilmore, Jonathan Hassell, Chris Mills, Dominic Shakeshaft, Jim Sumser Assistant Publisher: Grace Wong Project Manager: Beth Christmas Copy Edit Manager: Nicole LeClerc Copy Editor: Marilyn Smith Production Manager: Kari Brooks-Copony Production Editor: Ellie Fountain Compositor: Susan Glinert Proofreaders: Linda Seifert, Liz Welch Indexer: Michael Brinkman Artist: Kinetic Publishing Services, LLC Cover Designer: Kurt Krames Manufacturing Manager: Tom Debolski Distributed to the book trade in the United States by Springer-Verlag New York, Inc., 233 Spring Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10013, and outside the United States by Springer-Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, Tiergartenstr. 17, 69112 Heidelberg, Germany. In the United States: phone 1-800-SPRINGER, fax 201-348-4505, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://www.springer-ny.com. Outside the United States: fax +49 6221 345229, e-mail email@example.com, or visit http://www.springer.de. For information on translations, please contact Apress directly at 2560 Ninth Street, Suite 219, Berkeley, CA 94710. Phone 510-549-5930, fax 510-549-5939, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://www.apress.com. The information in this book is distributed on an as is basis, without warranty. Although every precaution has been taken in the preparation of this work, neither the author(s) nor Apress shall have any liability to any person or entity with respect to any loss or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by the information contained in this work. The source code for this book is available to readers at http://www.apress.com in the Downloads section. iii Contents at a Glance About the Author ... xix About the Technical Reviewers ... xxi Acknowledgments ... xxiii Introduction ... xxv CHAPTER 1 Swing Overview ... 1 CHAPTER 2 Event Handling with the Swing Component Set ... 17 CHAPTER 3 The Model-View-Controller Architecture ... 59 CHAPTER 4 Core Swing Components ... 67 CHAPTER 5 Toggle Buttons ... 115 CHAPTER 6 Swing Menus and Toolbars ... 151 CHAPTER 7 Borders ... 211 CHAPTER 8 Root Pane Containers ... 235 CHAPTER 9 Pop-Ups and Choosers ... 267 CHAPTER 10 Layout Managers ... 343 CHAPTER 11 Advanced Swing Containers ... 377 CHAPTER 12 Bounded Range Components ... 419 CHAPTER 13 List Model Controls ... 451 CHAPTER 14 Spinner Model Controls ... 509 CHAPTER 15 Basic Text Components ... 521 CHAPTER 16 Advanced Text Capabilities ... 585 CHAPTER 17 Trees ... 623 CHAPTER 18 Tables ... 675 CHAPTER 19 Drag-and-Drop Support ... 729 CHAPTER 20 The Pluggable Look and Feel Architecture ... 741 CHAPTER 21 The Undo Framework ... 783 iv -CONTENTS AT A GLANCE CHAPTER 22 Accessibility ... 805 APPENDIX UI Manager Properties ... 813 INDEX ... 847
John Zukowski has been involved with the Java platform since it was just called Java, since 1995. He writes a monthly column for Sun's Core Java Technologies Tech Tips and Technology Fundamentals Newsletter. He has contributed content to numerous other sites, including jGuru, DevX, Intel, and JavaWorld. He has written many other popular titles on Java, including Java AWT Reference (O'Reilly), Mastering Java 2 (Sybex), Borlands' JBuilder: No Experience Required (Sybex), Learn Java with JBuilder 6 (Apress), Java Collections (Apress), and The Definitive Guide to Swing (Apress).