Several times I've been criticized for having suggested the use of the following methods:
Swing components. I don't see any alternative to their use when I want to define proportions between displayed components. I have been told this:
With layouts the answer is always the same: use a suitable LayoutManager
I have searched the web a little bit, but I haven't found any comprehensive analysis of the subject. So I have the following questions:
- Should I completely avoid the use of those methods?
- The methods have been defined for a reason. So when should I use them? In which context? For what purposes?
- What exactly are the negative consequences of using those methods? (I can only think adding portability between systems with different screen resolution).
- I don't think any LayoutManager can exactly satisfy all desired layout needs. Do I really need to implement a new LayoutManager for every little variation on my layout ?
- If the answer to 4 is "yes", won't this lead to a proliferation of LayoutManager classes which will become difficult to maintain?
- In a situation where I need to define proportions between children of a Component (eg, child1 should use 10% of space, child2 40% ,child3 50%), is it possible to achieve that without implementing a custom LayoutManager?