Java layout problem

Hi, this is my first post here. Been lurking around for awhile though :wink: making use of all the great posts, tutorials, guides, etc… Anyways I’ve got a problem with my layout for a java applet and maybe some one can help. Thanks!!

So basically what I want is for there to be a JTextField (chatInput) at the bottom of the screen, with a JTextArea (displayArea) just above that, and then a JPanel (gamePanel) at the top or middle of the screen. I can’t seem to get it to work right though :frowning: right now the applet fails to init because of the layout and when i change it the layout isn’t right. If I cut gamePanel altogether it loads fine, but I kinda need gamePanel :stuck_out_tongue:

Any help is appreciated thanks!!

chatInput = new JTextField( 50 );
            new ActionListener()
                    public void actionPerformed( ActionEvent event )
                        sendMessage( event.getActionCommand() );
                        chatInput.setText( "" );

chatPanel = new JPanel();
        chatPanel.setLayout( new BorderLayout() );
        displayArea = new JTextArea( 4, 50 );
        displayArea.setEditable( false );
        chatPanel.add( new JScrollPane( displayArea, JScrollPane.VERTICAL_SCROLLBAR_ALWAYS, 
            JScrollPane.HORIZONTAL_SCROLLBAR_NEVER ), BorderLayout.NORTH );
        chatPanel.add( chatInput, BorderLayout.SOUTH );
        gamePanel = new JPanel();
        gamePanel.setLayout( new GridLayout( 12, 12, 0, 0 ) );
        bigPanel = new JPanel();
        bigPanel.setLayout( new BorderLayout() );
        bigPanel.add( gamePanel, BorderLayout.NORTH );
        bigPanel.add( chatPanel, BorderLayout.SOUTH );
        add( bigPanel, BorderLayout.CENTER );