Ive read the entire javadoc on the different layout managers. But thanx for the extra info. What I can't deside is.... My first Java project has been a simple 2 player battle applet that works pretty well for text. I just added a background image to it that defines areas where the players/monster pictures are supposed to be, the status objects such as HP, Hit, DMG, the 3 buttons (Attack, Reset, Exit), and the Status window which im hoping to use for a scrolling history of hit, misses, and damage dealt.
But after reading the different layout managers that java uses. I can't figure out a way beyond not using any at all that I could position these items where I want them. And i guess considering that the applet will never be bigger then the size i set it as in my applet tags on the html page then it shouldn't distort.
After the layout is done i will start working on DB connectivity
that should be fun! But for now I'm really not sure what to use to lay it out. Also since everywhere I read they are saying to use a layout manager... how do i define where my buttons and such are supposed to go if i setLayout (null); ??