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Thursday, December 26, 2013
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How to Work with Basic Controls in NetBeans: Java Programming

8:34 AMThursday, December 26, 2013
After talking about many elementary concepts and features of GUI in Java, we have reached a point where we can design our first application. But prior to that we shall learn to work with some most common controls. And after that we shall design our very first GUI application.

There are many graphical controls that are used in java GUI programming. Here’re the list of common GUI controls used:

  • TextField is a basic field that allows the user to type some textual information. It allows at most one line of input. To input some more lines, programmer have to use TextArea discussed below.
  • Label is another basic control that lets you display uneditable text. It is the basic unit that is used almost in every jFrame in Java GUI Application. Label is used to indicating about to do something like in entry form it indicates about where to enter name, address etc.
  • Button displays common GUI button and performs an action when the users clicks on it or presses Enter key after choosing it. Used when programmer wants to do something on the Frame window.
  • TextArea is a component that is used to input multiple lines of text. It optionally allows the user to edit the text. Programmer can also disable the editing option for the user.

After working a lot in NetBeans IDE, programmer have to save the overall work for further use. Programmer can save the work by clicking File → Save or File → Save As commands. Toolbar have also an icon to do the same task i.e. Save.

In further articles we will do some creativity to learn more about these controls as well as working of these controls in NetBeans IDE.

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