Problem editing existing UI
I am new to this forum, and I am fairly new to Java. Brief background...
I have been taking Java for several months from an online university. We have finally just broken into client/server applications with GUI components. My new instructor is all about reusing code... I have always written my own. Herein lies the problem.
We were provided basic socket-stream client and server application classes. Our job is to modify those classes (and methods) to meet the objectives of "the customer".
In this process we must modify the UI of the client application... add another text area, a few buttons, etc. The existing client class does not show a "design" button for the UI configuration (I'm using NetBeans 6.x, BTW). It appears that the existing GUI is AWT rather than Swing.
If I try to add components as AWT, they don't seem to show-up... ever! If I try to move to Swing and move the code (with updates to the declarations of course), then the whole application breaks.
The short version of the question...
How can I easily modify an existing GUI if it is done in AWT rather than Swing... where I could easily just drag new components to the frame?
Thanks, and sorry I was so "long-winded" on this.