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Using JButtons in J++?

Using JButtons in J++?

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Hello,

Recently I was going to attempt to make a type of checkers game in Java.  This is a rather "ambitious" project for me, but I felt it was with in my possibilities.  I started by creating a board, using the rect.drawRect(x, y, height, width) command, and managed through a simple loop to come up with a nice checker board.  However, I could not for the life of me figure out how to create an active listener for where the mouse lands.  

SO, I wanted to use JButtons instead, I remembered that JButtons have the SetIcon command, and assumed J++ would have an easy way to select that icon (Black Square, Black Square with piece, White Square).  However, I have not been able to figure out how to add JButtons/panels to my project, any help would be VERY appreciated.  I've searched for a few hours on this already.

Paul@trively.net

RE: Using JButtons in J++?

You can't use JButtons unless you've got swing.  Unfortunately, due to rather acrimonious disputes between Microsoft and Sun, the only way to get swing is to download it from http://www.java.sun.com.  Odly, the latest jdk also comes without swing.  I don't quite know how to get hold of it, although I'm trying.  It comes as part of the javax package, which must be a separate download.  I'll post again if I find it.  
On the mouselistener front, use the e.getX() and e.getY() to get the position of the mouse cursor, and have an array of points which are the top left-hand corner of each square, and use this in a for loop to work out which sqsuare was hit.  
Hope this helps,
SpinyNorman

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