Simple AWT Application

You probably have some programs lying around that use regular AWT buttons that you’d love to replace with image buttons, but you don’t have the time or, honestly, the necessity to produce your own image button class. Let’s look at a simple application that demonstrates an upgrade path you can use on your own programs.

First, let’s look at the code for this very simple application:

import java.awt.*;
import java.awt.event.*;

public class ToolbarFrame1 extends Frame {

	Button cutButton, copyButton, pasteButton;

	public ToolbarFrame1() {
		super("Toolbar Example (AWT)");
		setSize(250, 250);
		addWindowListener(new WindowAdapter() {
			public void windowClosing(WindowEvent e) {

		ActionListener printListener = new ActionListener() {
			public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent ae) {

		Panel toolbar = new Panel();
		toolbar.setLayout(new FlowLayout(FlowLayout.LEFT));

		cutButton = new Button("Cut");

		copyButton = new Button("Copy");

		pasteButton = new Button("Paste");

		// The "preferred" BorderLayout add call
		add(toolbar, BorderLayout.NORTH);

	public static void main(String args[]) {
		ToolbarFrame1 tf1 = new ToolbarFrame1();

These buttons don’t really do anything except report that they’ve been pressed. A standard 1.1-style handler for action events reports button presses to standard output. It’s not exciting, but it lets us demonstrate that Swing buttons work the same way as AWT buttons. If you examine the code you’ll notice that we had to register a window listener to tell when the user is trying to close the window, and explicitly exit the program in response. Once you update your programs to use Swing’s JFrame rather than AWT’s Frame, you get this capability “for free” with JFrame’s defaultCloseOperation property.


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