Recipe 8.6 Creating Button and Text Widgets

     

8.6.1 Problem

You need to use buttons to interact with the user and to display text in your application.

8.6.2 Solution

Use SWT button and text widgets and use SWT listeners to catch button events.

8.6.3 Discussion

This example adds SWT button widgets to a shell and catches click events, displaying a message in a text widget when the button is clicked. We'll start by creating a button widget in a new project, ButtonApp . Here's a selection of some of the most popular button widget methods :


void addSelectionListener(SelectionListener listener)

Adds the listener to the collection of listeners who will be notified when the button is selected


String getText( )

Returns the button's text


void setBounds(int x, int y, int width, int height)

Sets the button's size and location to the area specified by the arguments


void setImage(Image image)

Sets the button's image


void setText(String string)

Sets the button's text

Creating button widgets is easy enough; just use the Button class's constructor, position the button with setBounds or a layout, and set the caption in the button with the setText method:

 package org.cookbook.ch08; import org.eclipse.swt.widgets.*; import org.eclipse.swt.SWT; import org.eclipse.swt.events.*; public class ButtonClass {     public static void main(String [] args) {        Display display = new Display( );        Shell shell = new Shell(display);        shell.setSize(200, 200);        shell.setText("Button Example");  final Button button = new Button(shell, SWT.PUSH);   button.setBounds(40, 50, 50, 20);   button.setText("Click Me");  .         .         . 

Creating a text widget is similarly easy. Here's a selection of popular text widget methods:


void copy( )

Copies the selected text


void cut( )

Cuts the selected text


String getSelectionText( )

Gets the selected text


String getText( )

Gets the widget's text


void paste( )

Pastes text from the clipboard


void setBounds(int x, int y, int width, int height)

Sets the text widget's size and location to the area specified by the arguments


void setFont(Font font)

Sets the font


void setText(String string)

Sets the contents of the text widget

In this example, we'll give this text widget a border and add it to our shell:

 public class ButtonClass {     public static void main(String [] args) {        Display display = new Display( );        Shell shell = new Shell(display);        shell.setSize(200, 200);        shell.setText("Button Example");        final Button button = new Button(shell, SWT.PUSH);        button.setBounds(40, 50, 50, 20);        button.setText("Click Me");  final Text text = new Text(shell, SWT.BORDER);   text.setBounds(100, 50, 70, 20);  .         .         . 

That installs the button and text widgets; the next step is to handle button events, which we'll discuss in the next recipe.

8.6.4 See Also

Recipe 8.1 on using widgets in SWT; Recipe 8.7 on handling events from widgets; Chapter 7 of Eclipse (O'Reilly).



Eclipse Cookbook
Inside XML (Inside (New Riders))
ISBN: 596007108
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2006
Pages: 232
Authors: Steve Holzner

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