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public interface: LayoutManager [javadoc | source] Defines the interface for classes that know how to lay out Containers.

Swing's painting architecture assumes the children of a JComponent do not overlap. If a JComponent's LayoutManager allows children to overlap, the JComponent must override isOptimizedDrawingEnabled to return false.

Method from java.awt.LayoutManager Summary:
addLayoutComponent,   layoutContainer,   minimumLayoutSize,   preferredLayoutSize,   removeLayoutComponent
Method from java.awt.LayoutManager Detail:
 public  void addLayoutComponent(String name,
    Component comp)
    If the layout manager uses a per-component string, adds the component comp to the layout, associating it with the string specified by name.
 public  void layoutContainer(Container parent)
    Lays out the specified container.
 public Dimension minimumLayoutSize(Container parent)
    Calculates the minimum size dimensions for the specified container, given the components it contains.
 public Dimension preferredLayoutSize(Container parent)
    Calculates the preferred size dimensions for the specified container, given the components it contains.
 public  void removeLayoutComponent(Component comp)
    Removes the specified component from the layout.