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[java] Swing Layout Managers?

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can anyone help me with the swing layouts, Im currently working on a swing control in java, Its calendar like and consists of a class that extends a jpannle that contains other panels to hold title information, a calendar grid and a control at the bottom, Im having trouble formatting it, it needs to be able to resize, I want something like a grid layout except I want the top and bottom to only take about 10% each instead 33% each, I tried the spring layout but it keeps compressing the components it hold to their minimum size while I want them to take up as much room as they can.

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hopefully i can post a screen shot latter

basicy i want

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| top |
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| |
| grid |
| |
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| bottom |
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insted of

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| top |
| |
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| grid |
| |
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| bottom |
| |
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im trying absolute layout but it seems getHeight returns zero until after the componet is added so i cant format it in use the constructor
EDIT: pretened there are spaces to make the edges line up

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Do you use:

Main panel (BorderLayout)
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| Top (JPanel (FlowLayout?)) |
|------------------------------------|
| |
| |
| |
| |
| Middle (JPanel(GridLayout)) |
| |
| |
| |
| |
| |
| |
|------------------------------------|
| Bottom (JPanel (FlowLayout?)) |
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Do you have 1 main panel with three panels in it: one North, one South and one Center?

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