e4 application with different layouts and widgets

Prerequisite: First e4 application
Github: e4Layout

After you did the your first e4 application you can use different layouts and widgets to make it a nice looking application.
This is what we are going to program:

e4 application with different layouts

Before we start, some information about the layouts we will use…

Gridlayout sorts all widgets in a tabular raster. Gridlayout has a public attribute called numColumns to specify the number of columns.

Filllayout sorts all widgets after the other with the same size.

The application contains 3 different composites. A composite is a container for widgtes, it can also contain further composites. Our composites are:
“mainComposite”, “fillLayoutComposite” and “bottomComposite”.

See the pictures below to understand where these composites are used.

composite: "mainComposite"

composite: “mainComposite”

composite: "fillLayoutComposite"

composite: “fillLayoutComposite”

composite: "bottomComposite"

composite: “bottomComposite”

We can now have a closer look to the coding (I hope the comments in the coding will help to understand):

package de.duckout.e4layout.ui;

import javax.inject.Inject;

import org.eclipse.swt.SWT;
import org.eclipse.swt.custom.SashForm;
import org.eclipse.swt.layout.FillLayout;
import org.eclipse.swt.layout.GridData;
import org.eclipse.swt.layout.GridLayout;
import org.eclipse.swt.widgets.Button;
import org.eclipse.swt.widgets.Composite;
import org.eclipse.swt.widgets.Label;
import org.eclipse.swt.widgets.Text;

public class View {

public View(Composite parent) {

//This is our main composite, actually we could use parent instead
Composite mainComposite = new Composite(parent, SWT.NONE);

//This following gridlayout ("mainGridLayout") makes 4 Columns with equal width
//In general gridlayout uses table form to define the layout
GridLayout mainGridLayout = new GridLayout(4, true);

//Row 1, Column 1
Label labelClickButton = new Label(mainComposite, SWT.NONE);
labelClickButton.setText("Click button label");

//Row 1, Column 2
Button buttonClick = new Button(mainComposite, SWT.PUSH); //Push button
buttonClick.setText("Click me");

//Row 1, Column 3
Label labelCheckBox = new Label(mainComposite, SWT.NONE);
labelCheckBox.setText("Checkbox label");

//Row 1, Column 4
Button buttonCheck = new Button(mainComposite, SWT.CHECK); //Checkbox
buttonCheck.setText("Check me");

//Because we defined 4 columns within the "mainGridLayout" here starts the next row
//Row 2, Column 1 - 4 (=> because of the following "gridDataText")
Text text = new Text(mainComposite, SWT.MULTI | SWT.WRAP | SWT.BORDER);
text.setText("Hello Duckout");

//gridDataText: takes the whole horizontal space and goes along all 4 columns
//Also takes the whole vertical space which is available
GridData gridDataText = new GridData(SWT.FILL, SWT.FILL, true, true, 4, 1);

//Row 3, Column 1 - 4 (=> because of the following "gridDataFillLayout")
//New composite for the bottom, with Filllayout
Composite fillLayoutComposite = new Composite(mainComposite, SWT.NONE);

//Again a GridData object to make the new bottomComposite alonge through all 4 columns of its parent composite
GridData gridDataFillLayout = new GridData(SWT.FILL, SWT.FILL, true, true, 4, 1);

//FillLayout with horizontal alignment
//Widgets used with FillLayout are one after the other with the same size
FillLayout fillLayout = new FillLayout(SWT.HORIZONTAL);

//Trie to make some dummy texts
Text fillLayoutText = new Text(fillLayoutComposite, SWT.BORDER);
Text fillLayoutText2 = new Text(fillLayoutComposite, SWT.BORDER);
Text fillLayoutText3 = new Text(fillLayoutComposite, SWT.BORDER);
Text fillLayoutText4 = new Text(fillLayoutComposite, SWT.BORDER);
Text fillLayoutText5 = new Text(fillLayoutComposite, SWT.BORDER);
Text fillLayoutText6 = new Text(fillLayoutComposite, SWT.BORDER);

//Row 4, Column 1 - 4 (=> because of the following "gridDataBottom")
//A new area for a SashForm
Composite bottomComposite = new Composite(mainComposite, SWT.NONE);

//GridData with one column
GridLayout gridLayoutBottom = new GridLayout(1, true);

//Again the GridData to make it through all columns of the parent
GridData gridDataBottom = new GridData(SWT.FILL, SWT.FILL, true, true, 4, 1);

//Create a sashForm
SashForm sashForm = new SashForm(bottomComposite, SWT.HORIZONTAL);

//Make the shashForm fill the horizontal and vertical alignment
GridData sashFormGridData = new GridData(SWT.FILL, SWT.FILL, true, true, 4, 1);

Text textLeft = new Text(sashForm, SWT.BORDER);
textLeft.setText("Left side");

Text textRight = new Text(sashForm, SWT.BORDER);
textRight.setText("Right side");


Thanks for reading!

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