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Understanding GroupLayout

 
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I am really struggling with GroupLayout. I cannot seem to get even the simplest code to work:

I am trying to get 4 labels to align in vertical pairs. The equivalent of a table with 2 rows and 2 columns. In this case I an just trying to get the first 'column' to display (I'll get the rest when I figure out how this works). No matter what I do with the 'layout' all I can get is a traceback. If I use a vertical group it complains about not attached to a horizontal group. Obviously I need help beyond what I can glean from the documentation. TIA.

java.lang.IllegalStateException: javax.swing.JLabel[,0,0,0x0,invalid,alignmentX=0.0,alignmentY=0.0,border=,flags=8388608,maximumSize=,minimumSize=,preferredSize=,defaultIcon=,disabledIcon=,horizontalAlignment=LEADING,horizontalTextPosition=TRAILING,iconTextGap=4,labelFor=,text=Time of Day:,verticalAlignment=CENTER,verticalTextPosition=CENTER] is not attached to a vertical group
at javax.swing.GroupLayout.checkComponents(Unknown Source)
at javax.swing.GroupLayout.prepare(Unknown Source)
at javax.swing.GroupLayout.layoutContainer(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.Container.layout(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.Container.doLayout(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.Container.validateTree(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.Container.validateTree(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.Container.validateTree(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.Container.validateTree(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.Container.validateTree(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.Container.validate(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.Container.validateUnconditionally(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.Window.show(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.Component.show(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.Component.setVisible(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.Window.setVisible(Unknown Source)
at StokerMonitor.GUI.initialize(GUI.java:75)
at StokerMonitor.GUI.access$0(GUI.java:43)
at StokerMonitor.GUI$1.run(GUI.java:36)
at java.awt.event.InvocationEvent.dispatch(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.EventQueue.dispatchEventImpl(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.EventQueue.access$500(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.EventQueue$3.run(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.EventQueue$3.run(Unknown Source)
at java.security.AccessController.doPrivileged(Native Method)
at java.security.ProtectionDomain$JavaSecurityAccessImpl.doIntersectionPrivilege(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.EventQueue.dispatchEvent(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpOneEventForFilters(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEventsForFilter(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEventsForHierarchy(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEvents(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEvents(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.run(Unknown Source)
Exception in thread "AWT-EventQueue-0" java.lang.IllegalStateException: javax.swing.JLabel[,0,0,0x0,invalid,alignmentX=0.0,alignmentY=0.0,border=,flags=8388608,maximumSize=,minimumSize=,preferredSize=,defaultIcon=,disabledIcon=,horizontalAlignment=LEADING,horizontalTextPosition=TRAILING,iconTextGap=4,labelFor=,text=Time of Day:,verticalAlignment=CENTER,verticalTextPosition=CENTER] is not attached to a vertical group
at javax.swing.GroupLayout.checkComponents(Unknown Source)
at javax.swing.GroupLayout.prepare(Unknown Source)
at javax.swing.GroupLayout.layoutContainer(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.Container.layout(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.Container.doLayout(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.Container.validateTree(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.Container.validateTree(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.Container.validateTree(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.Container.validateTree(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.Container.validateTree(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.Container.validate(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.Window.dispatchEventImpl(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.Component.dispatchEvent(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.EventQueue.dispatchEventImpl(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.EventQueue.access$500(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.EventQueue$3.run(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.EventQueue$3.run(Unknown Source)
at java.security.AccessController.doPrivileged(Native Method)
at java.security.ProtectionDomain$JavaSecurityAccessImpl.doIntersectionPrivilege(Unknown Source)
at java.security.ProtectionDomain$JavaSecurityAccessImpl.doIntersectionPrivilege(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.EventQueue$4.run(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.EventQueue$4.run(Unknown Source)
at java.security.AccessController.doPrivileged(Native Method)
at java.security.ProtectionDomain$JavaSecurityAccessImpl.doIntersectionPrivilege(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.EventQueue.dispatchEvent(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpOneEventForFilters(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEventsForFilter(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEventsForHierarchy(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEvents(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEvents(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.run(Unknown Source)
 
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Rats!! Never mind for now. I missed the subtlety that both horizontal and vertical need to be defined.
 
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Dennis Putnam wrote:Rats!! Never mind for now. I missed the subtlety that both horizontal and vertical need to be defined.



Indeed you do. If you just have the line


Your 2nd label will be some what distorted. However if you follow the API's approach



Your screen will look correct
 
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Thanks. Now I am making progress. However, I am still not understanding completely. Here is my current code:

I am somehow messing up the alignment on the 'ip' JLabel:
 
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You shouldn't try to do everything in single line of code. It will make it hard to follow.

Line by line


All in one


See the difference? You need to do addGroup 2 times

Same goes for the vertical code
 
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Perfect. Got it! Thanks.
 
Don't get me started about those stupid light bulbs.
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