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    Default Need help figuring out the problem (GUI)

    Hey guys this is my first time here. I was recommended by my friends to visit this site should i have any problems with Java programming and
    here i am and i need some help regarding my codes. I cant seem to figure out whats wrong with it and can't get the desired outcome.

    Desired outcome:
    DMIT bookstore.JPG


    My code:
    import javax.swing.*;
    import java.awt.*;
    import java.awt.event.*;
    import javax.swing.border.*;
    /**
     *
     * @author Hui Jian
     */
    public class BookFrame extends JFrame implements ActionListener{
     
        private JLabel titlelbl,authorlbl,pricelbl,booknamelbl;
     
        private JButton bookBtn1,bookBtn2,bookBtn3,bookBtn4,bookBtn5,bookBtn6,bookBtn7,bookBtn8,bookBtn9;
     
        private ImageIcon book1,book2,book3,book4,book5,book6,book7,book8,book9;
        private JButton prevBtn,nextBtn,exitBtn,searchBtn;
     
        private JTextField titleTxt,authorTxt,priceTxt,searchTxt;
     
        private JPanel northPanel,centerPanel,southPanel;
     
        private JRadioButton programmingBtn,politicsBtn,scifiBtn;
     
        private int count = 0;
     
     
        public BookFrame(){
     
     
            titlelbl = new JLabel ("The Bookstore");
            authorlbl = new JLabel ("Author:");
            pricelbl = new JLabel ("Price:");
            booknamelbl = new JLabel ("Title:");
     
            searchBtn = new JButton ("Search");        
            prevBtn = new JButton ("Previous");
            nextBtn = new JButton ("Next");
            exitBtn = new JButton ("Exit");
     
     
            titleTxt = new JTextField(7);
            authorTxt = new JTextField(7);
            priceTxt = new JTextField(7);
            searchTxt = new JTextField(7);
     
            programmingBtn = new JRadioButton ("Programming");
            politicsBtn = new JRadioButton ("Politics");
            scifiBtn = new JRadioButton ("Science Fiction");
     
            northPanel = new JPanel ();
            centerPanel = new JPanel ();
            southPanel = new JPanel ();
     
            bookBtn1 = new JButton();
            book1 = new ImageIcon("book1.jpg");
            bookBtn1.setIcon(book1);
     
            bookBtn2 = new JButton();
            book2 = new ImageIcon("book2.jpg");
            bookBtn2.setIcon(book2);
     
            bookBtn3 = new JButton();
            book3 = new ImageIcon("book3.jpg");
            bookBtn3.setIcon(book3);
     
            bookBtn4 = new JButton();
            book4 = new ImageIcon("book4.jpg");
            bookBtn4.setIcon(book4);
     
            bookBtn5 = new JButton();
            book5 = new ImageIcon("book5.jpg");
            bookBtn5.setIcon(book5);
     
            bookBtn6 = new JButton();
            book6 = new ImageIcon("book6.jpg");
            bookBtn6.setIcon(book6);
     
            bookBtn7 = new JButton();
            book7 = new ImageIcon("book7.jpg");
            bookBtn7.setIcon(book7);
     
            bookBtn8 = new JButton();
            book8 = new ImageIcon("book8.jpg");
            bookBtn8.setIcon(book8);
     
            bookBtn9 = new JButton();
            book9 = new ImageIcon("book9.jpg");
            bookBtn9.setIcon(book9);
     
            centerPanel.add(bookBtn1);
            centerPanel.add(bookBtn2);
            centerPanel.add(bookBtn3);
            centerPanel.add(bookBtn4);
            centerPanel.add(bookBtn5);
            centerPanel.add(bookBtn6);
            centerPanel.add(bookBtn7);
            centerPanel.add(bookBtn8);
            centerPanel.add(bookBtn9);
     
            centerPanel.setLayout(new GridLayout(3,3));
     
            northPanel.add(titlelbl);
            northPanel.add(programmingBtn);
            northPanel.add(politicsBtn);
            northPanel.add(scifiBtn);
     
     
            southPanel.add(booknamelbl);
            southPanel.add(titleTxt);
            southPanel.add(authorlbl);
            southPanel.add(authorTxt);
            southPanel.add(pricelbl);
            southPanel.add(priceTxt);
            southPanel.add(searchBtn);
            southPanel.add(searchTxt);
            southPanel.add(prevBtn);
            southPanel.add(nextBtn);
            southPanel.add(exitBtn);
            southPanel.setLayout(new FlowLayout(FlowLayout.LEFT));
     
            add(southPanel,BorderLayout.SOUTH);
            add(northPanel,BorderLayout.NORTH);
            add(centerPanel,BorderLayout.CENTER);

    Can you tell me where i went wrong? Your aid would be much appreciated. Thanks!


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    Default Re: Need help figuring out the problem (GUI)

    What happens instead of the desired outcome?
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    Default Re: Need help figuring out the problem (GUI)

    where i went wrong?
    The end of the source is missing.

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    Umm no. Those are just part of the codes. What i am showing you there are the codes that are causing problems.

    This is the full one:

    import javax.swing.*;
    import java.awt.*;
    import java.awt.event.*;
    import javax.swing.border.*;
    /**
     *
     * 
     */
    public class BookFrame extends JFrame implements ActionListener{
        private JLabel titlelbl,authorlbl,pricelbl,booknamelbl;
        private JButton bookBtn1,bookBtn2,bookBtn3,bookBtn4,bookBtn5,bookBtn6,bookBtn7,bookBtn8,bookBtn9;
        private ImageIcon book1,book2,book3,book4,book5,book6,book7,book8,book9;
        private JButton prevBtn,nextBtn,exitBtn,searchBtn;
        private JTextField titleTxt,authorTxt,priceTxt,searchTxt;
        private JPanel northPanel,centerPanel,southPanel;
        private JRadioButton programmingBtn,politicsBtn,scifiBtn;
        private int count = 0;
     
     
        public BookFrame(){
     
     
            titlelbl = new JLabel ("The Bookstore");
            authorlbl = new JLabel ("Author:");
            pricelbl = new JLabel ("Price:");
            booknamelbl = new JLabel ("Title:");
     
            searchBtn = new JButton ("Search");        
            prevBtn = new JButton ("Previous");
            nextBtn = new JButton ("Next");
            exitBtn = new JButton ("Exit");
     
     
            titleTxt = new JTextField(7);
            authorTxt = new JTextField(7);
            priceTxt = new JTextField(7);
            searchTxt = new JTextField(7);
     
            programmingBtn = new JRadioButton ("Programming");
            politicsBtn = new JRadioButton ("Politics");
            scifiBtn = new JRadioButton ("Science Fiction");
     
            northPanel = new JPanel ();
            centerPanel = new JPanel ();
            southPanel = new JPanel ();
     
            bookBtn1 = new JButton();
            book1 = new ImageIcon("book1.jpg");
            bookBtn1.setIcon(book1);
     
            bookBtn2 = new JButton();
            book2 = new ImageIcon("book2.jpg");
            bookBtn2.setIcon(book2);
     
            bookBtn3 = new JButton();
            book3 = new ImageIcon("book3.jpg");
            bookBtn3.setIcon(book3);
     
            bookBtn4 = new JButton();
            book4 = new ImageIcon("book4.jpg");
            bookBtn4.setIcon(book4);
     
            bookBtn5 = new JButton();
            book5 = new ImageIcon("book5.jpg");
            bookBtn5.setIcon(book5);
     
            bookBtn6 = new JButton();
            book6 = new ImageIcon("book6.jpg");
            bookBtn6.setIcon(book6);
     
            bookBtn7 = new JButton();
            book7 = new ImageIcon("book7.jpg");
            bookBtn7.setIcon(book7);
     
            bookBtn8 = new JButton();
            book8 = new ImageIcon("book8.jpg");
            bookBtn8.setIcon(book8);
     
            bookBtn9 = new JButton();
            book9 = new ImageIcon("book9.jpg");
            bookBtn9.setIcon(book9);
     
            centerPanel.add(bookBtn1);
            centerPanel.add(bookBtn2);
            centerPanel.add(bookBtn3);
            centerPanel.add(bookBtn4);
            centerPanel.add(bookBtn5);
            centerPanel.add(bookBtn6);
            centerPanel.add(bookBtn7);
            centerPanel.add(bookBtn8);
            centerPanel.add(bookBtn9);
     
            centerPanel.setLayout(new GridLayout(3,3));
     
            northPanel.add(titlelbl);
            northPanel.add(programmingBtn);
            northPanel.add(politicsBtn);
            northPanel.add(scifiBtn);
     
     
            southPanel.add(booknamelbl);
            southPanel.add(titleTxt);
            southPanel.add(authorlbl);
            southPanel.add(authorTxt);
            southPanel.add(pricelbl);
            southPanel.add(priceTxt);
            southPanel.add(searchBtn);
            southPanel.add(searchTxt);
            southPanel.add(prevBtn);
            southPanel.add(nextBtn);
            southPanel.add(exitBtn);
            southPanel.setLayout(new FlowLayout(FlowLayout.LEFT));
     
            add(southPanel,BorderLayout.SOUTH);
            add(northPanel,BorderLayout.NORTH);
            add(centerPanel,BorderLayout.CENTER);
     
        }
        public void actionPerformed (ActionEvent r){
     
        }
     
        }
    Main method:

    import javax.swing.JFrame;
     
    /*
     * To change this template, choose Tools | Templates
     * and open the template in the editor.
     */
     
    /**
     *
     * 
     */
    public class BookFrameUser {
        public static void main(String[] args) {
            BookFrame e = new BookFrame();
            e.setTitle("Book Store");
            e.setSize(500,700);
            e.setVisible(true);
            e.setResizable(true);
            e.setDefaultCloseOperation(JFrame.EXIT_ON_CLOSE);
     
        }
     
    }

    You can ignore the actionlistener part because i added it in so that the program will run.

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    Default Re: Need help figuring out the problem (GUI)

    the codes that are causing problems.
    Please explain what the problem is.

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    Default Re: Need help figuring out the problem (GUI)

    As you can see from the desired outcome picture, i am supposed to write codes that will eventually lead to exactly the same thing as the picture.

    So basically when i run, many things like the textfield and labels are out of place and i need to figure out how to have them move to the next line.

    [ ] = textfield
    What i am having now on the frame is:

    Title:[ ] Author:[ ] Price: [ ] SearchBtn[ ] PreviousBtn NextBtn ExitBtn

    What i am trying to do:
    Title:[ ]
    Author:[ ]
    Price:[ ]
    SearchBtn[ ]
    PreviousBtn NextBtn ExitBtn

    Hope it helps.

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    You're use wrong layoutManager. he's too simple to do what you want to do Try witch BoxLayout CardLayout or GroupLayout

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    What i am trying to do:
    Change the layout manager to one the puts the components in a grid.

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    Ok thanks guys i got it all figured out. So wonder if i can ask another question here instead of making another thread?

    If so here goes,

    Assuming that i typed something into a textfield (searchTxt). So how do i use the text i wrote in searchTxt to find something in an array that is on another class?

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    You need to get the String and the array together somewhere.
    Either call a method in the class with the array and pass it the String.
    Or call a method in the class with the array and have it return the array.
    Or have a method in the class with the array call the class with the String and have it return the String.

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    Ahh thanks everyone for helping me i guess i am done here because i got it to fully function

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