I've been searching the internet for a way to specify the size of a component within a JPanel, but I haven't been able to find anything that has worked. The best answer I came across was to override the getPreferredSize(), getMaximumSize(), and getMinimumSize() methods of the component, but the component still took up the entire available space within the JPanel.
For the sake of argument, let's say I'm trying to define a custom size for a JTextArea inside a JPanel using a BoxLayout. What is the best way to stop the Layout Manager from resizing my components to take up the entire available space?
Thanks in advance for the help!