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    Default BorderLayout

    I my program there are going to be multiple panels that I want to layout nicely for the user. How can I set a Border Layout in a JPanel and the set that JPanel in a Border Layout on a JFrame.

    Ok, that sounds a little confusing. Let's make that simpler. I need to set a Border Layout on a part of the program that only extends JPanel. How would I set a Border Layout for a JPanel?

    Because I keep getting an error: non-static method setLayout(java.awt.LayoutManager) cannot be referenced from a static context

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    Default Re: BorderLayout

    Nothing to do with JPanel or BorderLayout. Everything to do with your (need of) understanding of static vs non-static members.

    Static methods are invoked on the class; non-static members on an instance of the class, created using the new keyword.
    Java Code:
    class A {
      public static void showStatic() {
        System.out.println("static method");
      public void showNonStatic() {
        System.out.println("non-static method");
    class B {
      public static void main(String[] args) {
        A a = new A();
    Since this isn't really an AWT/Swing question, I'm moving it to New to Java.

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