JavaFX: Making the previous example simpler

This entry is part 11 of 55 in the series JavaFX

We have a HBox and a VBox in the previous example. Let’s take away the Hbox and look at how we set up the list for display.

In line 21, we create an object border with a size of 500 x 400.

In line 33, we have a VBox method addVbox that help us to set up a vbox object as shown in line 35.

In the addVbox method, we have a list with the stated items and note how the items have to be added to the list using


Once the list has been set up with the items, we have to add the list to the vbox using

VBox with List
package javafxapplication9;

import javafx.application.Application;
import javafx.collections.FXCollections;
import javafx.collections.ObservableList;
import javafx.geometry.Insets;
import javafx.scene.Scene;
import javafx.scene.layout.BorderPane;
import javafx.scene.layout.VBox;
import javafx.scene.text.Text;
import javafx.scene.text.Font;
import javafx.scene.text.FontWeight;
import javafx.scene.control.ListView;
import javafx.stage.Stage;

public class JavaFXApplication9 extends Application {

    public void start(Stage stage) {

        BorderPane border = new BorderPane();

        border.setPrefSize(500, 400);


        Scene scene = new Scene(border);
        stage.setTitle("Layout Sample");;

    private VBox addVBox() {

        VBox vbox = new VBox();
        vbox.setPadding(new Insets(10)); // Set all sides to 10
        vbox.setSpacing(8);              // Gap between nodes

        Text title = new Text("Top 5 Rock Albums");
        title.setFont(Font.font("Arial", FontWeight.BOLD, 14));

        ListView<String> list = new ListView<String>();
        ObservableList<String> items = FXCollections.observableArrayList(
                "Like A Rolling Stone", "Archtung Baby", "Help!", "Smell Like Teen Spirit", "Hotel California");


        return vbox;

    public static void main(String[] args) {


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