public abstract class Spring
extends Object
An instance of the Spring class holds three properties that characterize its behavior: the minimum, preferred, and maximum values. Each of these properties may be involved in defining its fourth, value, property based on a series of rules. An instance of the Spring class can be visualized as a mechanical spring that provides a corrective force as the spring is compressed or stretched away from its preferred value. This force is modelled as linear function of the distance from the preferred value, but with two different constants  one for the compressional force and one for the tensional one. Those constants are specified by the minimum and maximum values of the spring such that a spring at its minimum value produces an equal and opposite force to that which is created when it is at its maximum value. The difference between the preferred and minimum values, therefore, represents the ease with which the spring can be compressed and the difference between its maximum and preferred values, indicates the ease with which the Spring can be extended. See the sum(javax.swing.Spring, javax.swing.Spring) method for details.
By defining simple arithmetic operations on Spring s, the behavior of a collection of Spring s can be reduced to that of an ordinary (noncompound) Spring . We define the "+", "", max, and min operators on Spring s so that, in each case, the result is a Spring whose characteristics bear a useful mathematical relationship to its constituent springs.
A Spring can be treated as a pair of intervals with a single common point: the preferred value. The following rules define some of the arithmetic operators that can be applied to intervals ([a, b] refers to the interval from a to b , where a <= b ). [a1, b1] + [a2, b2] = [a1 + a2, b1 + b2]
[a, b] = [b, a]
max([a1, b1], [a2, b2]) = [max(a1, a2), max(b1, b2)]
If we denote Spring s as [a, b, c] , where a <= b <= c , we can define the same arithmetic operators on Spring s: [a1, b1, c1] + [a2, b2, c2] = [a1 + a2, b1 + b2, c1 + c2]
[a, b, c] = [c, b, a]
max([a1, b1, c1], [a2, b2, c2]) = [max(a1, a2), max(b1, b2), max(c1, c2)]
With both intervals and Spring s we can define "" and min in terms of negation: X  Y = X + (Y)
min(X, Y) = max(X, Y)
For the static methods in this class that embody the arithmetic operators, we do not actually perform the operation in question as that would snapshot the values of the properties of the method's arguments at the time the static method is called. Instead, the static methods create a new Spring instance containing references to the method's arguments so that the characteristics of the new spring track the potentially changing characteristics of the springs from which it was made. This is a little like the idea of a lazy value in a functional language.
If you are implementing a SpringLayout you can find further information and examples in How to Use SpringLayout , a section in The Java Tutorial.
Warning: Serialized objects of this class will not be compatible with future Swing releases. The current serialization support is appropriate for short term storage or RMI between applications running the same version of Swing. As of 1.4, support for long term storage of all JavaBeans™JavaBeans has been added to the java.beans package. Please see XMLEncoder .

Since:
 1.4

See Also:

SpringLayout , SpringLayout.Constraints

public abstract class Spring
extends Object
An instance of the Spring class holds three properties that characterize its behavior: the minimum, preferred, and maximum values. Each of these properties may be involved in defining its fourth, value, property based on a series of rules. An instance of the Spring class can be visualized as a mechanical spring that provides a corrective force as the spring is compressed or stretched away from its preferred value. This force is modelled as linear function of the distance from the preferred value, but with two different constants  one for the compressional force and one for the tensional one. Those constants are specified by the minimum and maximum values of the spring such that a spring at its minimum value produces an equal and opposite force to that which is created when it is at its maximum value. The difference between the preferred and minimum values, therefore, represents the ease with which the spring can be compressed and the difference between its maximum and preferred values, indicates the ease with which the Spring can be extended. See the sum(javax.swing.Spring, javax.swing.Spring) method for details.
By defining simple arithmetic operations on Spring s, the behavior of a collection of Spring s can be reduced to that of an ordinary (noncompound) Spring . We define the "+", "", max, and min operators on Spring s so that, in each case, the result is a Spring whose characteristics bear a useful mathematical relationship to its constituent springs.
A Spring can be treated as a pair of intervals with a single common point: the preferred value. The following rules define some of the arithmetic operators that can be applied to intervals ([a, b] refers to the interval from a to b , where a <= b ). [a1, b1] + [a2, b2] = [a1 + a2, b1 + b2]
[a, b] = [b, a]
max([a1, b1], [a2, b2]) = [max(a1, a2), max(b1, b2)]
If we denote Spring s as [a, b, c] , where a <= b <= c , we can define the same arithmetic operators on Spring s: [a1, b1, c1] + [a2, b2, c2] = [a1 + a2, b1 + b2, c1 + c2]
[a, b, c] = [c, b, a]
max([a1, b1, c1], [a2, b2, c2]) = [max(a1, a2), max(b1, b2), max(c1, c2)]
With both intervals and Spring s we can define "" and min in terms of negation: X  Y = X + (Y)
min(X, Y) = max(X, Y)
For the static methods in this class that embody the arithmetic operators, we do not actually perform the operation in question as that would snapshot the values of the properties of the method's arguments at the time the static method is called. Instead, the static methods create a new Spring instance containing references to the method's arguments so that the characteristics of the new spring track the potentially changing characteristics of the springs from which it was made. This is a little like the idea of a lazy value in a functional language.
If you are implementing a SpringLayout you can find further information and examples in How to Use SpringLayout , a section in The Java Tutorial.
Warning: Serialized objects of this class will not be compatible with future Swing releases. The current serialization support is appropriate for short term storage or RMI between applications running the same version of Swing. As of 1.4, support for long term storage of all JavaBeans™ has been added to the java.beans package. Please see XMLEncoder .

Since:
 1.4

See Also:

SpringLayout , SpringLayout.Constraints

public abstract class Spring
extends Object
An instance of the Spring class holds three properties that characterize its behavior: the minimum, preferred, and maximum values. Each of these properties may be involved in defining its fourth, value, property based on a series of rules. An instance of the Spring class can be visualized as a mechanical spring that provides a corrective force as the spring is compressed or stretched away from its preferred value. This force is modelled as linear function of the distance from the preferred value, but with two different constants  one for the compressional force and one for the tensional one. Those constants are specified by the minimum and maximum values of the spring such that a spring at its minimum value produces an equal and opposite force to that which is created when it is at its maximum value. The difference between the preferred and minimum values, therefore, represents the ease with which the spring can be compressed and the difference between its maximum and preferred values, indicates the ease with which the Spring can be extended. See the sum(javax.swing.Spring, javax.swing.Spring) method for details.
By defining simple arithmetic operations on Spring s, the behavior of a collection of Spring s can be reduced to that of an ordinary (noncompound) Spring . We define the "+", "", max, and min operators on Spring s so that, in each case, the result is a Spring whose characteristics bear a useful mathematical relationship to its constituent springs.
A Spring can be treated as a pair of intervals with a single common point: the preferred value. The following rules define some of the arithmetic operators that can be applied to intervals ([a, b] refers to the interval from a to b , where a <= b ). [a1, b1] + [a2, b2] = [a1 + a2, b1 + b2]
[a, b] = [b, a]
max([a1, b1], [a2, b2]) = [max(a1, a2), max(b1, b2)]
If we denote Spring s as [a, b, c] , where a <= b <= c , we can define the same arithmetic operators on Spring s: [a1, b1, c1] + [a2, b2, c2] = [a1 + a2, b1 + b2, c1 + c2]
[a, b, c] = [c, b, a]
max([a1, b1, c1], [a2, b2, c2]) = [max(a1, a2), max(b1, b2), max(c1, c2)]
With both intervals and Spring s we can define "" and min in terms of negation: X  Y = X + (Y)
min(X, Y) = max(X, Y)
For the static methods in this class that embody the arithmetic operators, we do not actually perform the operation in question as that would snapshot the values of the properties of the method's arguments at the time the static method is called. Instead, the static methods create a new Spring instance containing references to the method's arguments so that the characteristics of the new spring track the potentially changing characteristics of the springs from which it was made. This is a little like the idea of a lazy value in a functional language.
If you are implementing a SpringLayout you can find further information and examples in How to Use SpringLayout , a section in The Java Tutorial.
Warning: Serialized objects of this class will not be compatible with future Swing releases. The current serialization support is appropriate for short term storage or RMI between applications running the same version of Swing. As of 1.4, support for long term storage of all JavaBeans has been added to the java.beans package. Please see XMLEncoder .

Since:
 1.4

See Also:

SpringLayout , SpringLayout.Constraints

