A good answer might be:



The way to layout components in a GUI is:

  1. Add individual components to one or more panels
  2. Add the panels to the content pane of the frame.

A JPanel is a container that is used to group components. Components added to a panel become inseparable. Graphically a panel corresponds to a rectangular section of the screen. Each panel has its own layout manager that lays out the components inside the panel. The default layout manager of JPanel is flow layout, which is often ideal. But you may add whichever layout manager is most appropriate.

Now the panels are added to a frame. The content pane's layout manager arranges the panels as if each one were a single component. Panels do not have visible edges.


Should a label and the component it labels be placed in the same panel?