Building A Completely Java Based Front End
Not sure what I'll call it yet but it'll be completely Java based and the front end will be separate from the back end so you'll be able to build your own GUI and run it on your machine if you're so inclined. But here's what I have after just a few days....more questions than anything really....
Here's a hacked up version of the skin I'm using now with a few new features added:
The top bar will display the current song and to the right of it is a digital clock. The bottom left is a slider style control for the volume and above that is a box containing the heading and next to that is the temperature in the car with up/down arrows for controlling it. Functionality not important for now.
So here are the containers I was going to build to hold all this stuff:
In this image I've got the JFrame which will be 800x600 and three containers inside the JFrame labeled 1, 2 and 3.
Each container will hold more containers:
Each of those containers holds more contianers:
And each of those containers will contain a bunch of JPanels which will eventually each contain a button or label:
Now I have a few questions:
1. Am I doing this totally wrong? I know it will work but what's better for laying it out?
2. Do I have to add containers to the JFrame and then JPanels to the container and then labels tot he JPanels and then buttons to the labels? Can I just add buttons to the Frame, or JPanels straight to the JFrame or any other weird combination?
3, Any other ideas?