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Vaadin 7 UI Design By Example: Beginner's Guide

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Vaadin 7 UI Design By Example: Beginner's Guide

Overview of this book

Vaadin is a mature, open-source, and powerful Java framework used to build modern web applications in plain Java. Vaadin brings back the fun of programming UI interfaces to the web universe. No HTML, no CSS, no JavaScript, no XML. Vaadin lets you implement web user interfaces using an object oriented model, similar to desktop technologies such as Swing and AWT. Vaadin 7 UI Design By Example: Beginner's Guide is an engaging guide that will teach you how to develop web applications in minutes. With this book, you will Develop useful applications and learn basics of Java web development. By the end of the book you will be able to build Java web applications that look fantastic. The book begins with simple examples using the most common Vaadin UI components and quickly move towards more complex applications as components are introduced chapter-by-chapter. Vaadin 7 UI Design By Example: Beginner's Guide shows you how to use Eclipse, Netbeans, and Maven to create Vaadin projects. It then demonstrates how to use labels, text fields, buttons, and other input components. Once you get a grasp of the basic usage of Vaadin, the book explains Vaadin theory to prepare you for the rest of the trip that will enhance your knowledge of Vaadin UI components and customization techniques.
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Vaadin 7 UI Design By Example Beginner's Guide
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Time for action – adding some infrastructure

Edit the init method of your TimeItUI class to match the following:

protected void init(VaadinRequest request) {

What just happened?

Here we are breaking up the functionality to initialize our UI components in a more suitable way by implementing smaller methods. Now that we have the required infrastructure, we can start adding input components.


A combobox is an input component that allows users to select an option from a drop-down list. It looks like the following screenshot:

You must be thinking "yeah right, but how do you put those options in there?" This is easy:

ComboBox c = new ComboBox("Select an option");
c.addItem("Option one");
c.addItem("Option two");
c.addItem("Option three");

If you have the options in a Java Collection class, you can pass the Collection instance to the constructor like this:

ArrayList<String> options = new ArrayList<>();