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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 – using FormLayout

Using FormLayout is quite simple, it works similar to VerticalLayout.

  1. Modify your LayoutFrameworkUI class to match the highlighted code:

    public class LayoutFrameworkUI extends UI {
      protected void init(VaadinRequest request) {
        layout.addMenuOption("Form layout", getFormLayout());
      private FormLayout getFormLayout() {
        TextField tf1 = new TextField("TextField");
        TextField tf2 = new TextField("TextField");
        ComboBox cb = new ComboBox("ComboBox");
        Button b = new Button("Button");
        FormLayout formLayout = new FormLayout(tf1, tf2, cb, b);
        return formLayout;
  2. Run the application.

What just happened?

This is how our fields look inside a FormLayout:

As you can see all the fields, except for Button, have their captions to the left. It looks like two columns, one for the captions, and one for the fields. This kind of layout is almost always the best way to show forms.

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