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I am pretty new to Java and am having a difficult time working with JComponents. What I am trying to do is create a class that creates a JPanel object that is 50 pixels by 50 pixels and sets the background color to black. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

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import java.awt.*;
import javax.swing.*;


JPanel drawingArea = new JPanel();
drawingArea.setPreferredSize(new Dimension(400, 0));

As Sun's Java tutorial page on layout managers states:
"Or you can create a subclass of the component that overrides the appropriate getter methods — getMinimumSize, getPreferredSize, and getMaximumSize."

But remember: "Many layout managers don't pay attention to a component's requested maximum size. However, BoxLayout and SpringLayout do."



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