Keilly: Creating a Swing Dashboard Widget

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Creating a Swing Dashboard Widget

Java 6 u10 will allow transparent windows and undockable applets. This should allow the creation of some Dashboard widget like Swing apps.

I'll see how close I can get to creating a basic widget in Swing. I'll take it one step at the time and post all the code and a demo at the end.

The exercise is purely a UI one. The code marvelousness and resource usage won't be a top concern here.

Step 1 - Test app with basic widget

In this case a blue square that does nothing. In the next few steps I'll try and get it more widget like.

Looks like this:

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