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Docking Frames

Docking Frames is an excellent Java docking framework. There are a few other docking frameworks out there also, like FlexDock , MyDoggy , and VLDockin g, but from all of them I found DockingFrames to be the best for my requirements. DockingFrames just works. I found very little inconsistency and bugs in it. Also it uses static variables very judiciously which was important for our use, since we might want to use docking in multiple places in the application, such that each of those do not know of each other. I also found the lead contributor to be very responsive. He was extremely prompt in answering questions and always gave good suggestions. DockingFrames uses the concept of themes for docking. A theme specifies things like icons, buttons, tabs, etc that appear in the panels that contain the docked components. In the beginning I used the BasicTheme and the FlatTheme. However, BasicTheme uses angular tabs (for selecting components that are docked in tabs), which I liked more t