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Java Swing, 2nd Edition by Brian Cole, James Elliott, Marc Loy, Robert Eckstein, Dave Wood

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A Bigger Application

Now that you’ve seen how to create internal frames and played around with them a bit, let’s tackle a slightly larger problem. We want to build an application that can pop up internal frames that you can actually use. This starter application is a web site manager that shows us a list of HTML pages at a site and, for any of those pages, allows us to pop up the page in a separate frame and edit it. We’ll keep the main list of HTML pages in one “site” frame that contains a simple list box.

Once you have a site built up with a couple of pages, you can click on any entry in the list, and if the file exists, we’ll create a new “page” frame and load the file into a JTextArea object for you to edit. You can modify the text and save the file using the File menu in the page frame.

As a bonus, we’ll put those cut, copy, and paste icons to use as well. You can manipulate text in any of the open page frames. The icons work as Action objects by looking at the selected text and insertion point of the active frame. (We alluded to the Action class after our last Toolbar example. We’ll demonstrate it here and discuss it thoroughly at the start of the next chapter.) If the active frame is a site frame, nothing happens.

You could certainly add a lot of features to this application and make it a real working program, but we don’t want to get mired down in details just yet. (If you want to get really fancy, you could look at some of the editor kits discussed in Chapter 23 and build ...

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