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How to draw rectangle and fill that rectangle for LabelField

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Hello Friends,


I am trying to draw a LabelField with the rectangular border with one color and fill the rectangle with other color (let say I want Black color for border of rectanlge to be filled with Gray color. I am able to paint the Label Field with following code. I am also able to draw the background color to text but It is applicable for only the text background but if there is empty space after LabelField, then this empty space is not filled with color. How can I solve this problem? MY Code is as below . I tried with "setBackgroundColor" method from "Graphics" class.



import net.rim.device.api.ui.Graphics;
import net.rim.device.api.ui.component.LabelField;

public class BBLabelField extends LabelField {
	private String text;
	private int colorOfText;

	public BBLabelField(String text, int colorOfText) {
		this.text = text;
		this.colorOfText = colorOfText;


	protected void paintBackground(Graphics graphics) {



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Re: How to draw rectangle and fill that rectangle for LabelField

In general, paintBackground is for painting the background (obvious, isn't it?) while paint is for painting content. It is therefore not a good design to use graphics.setColor in paintBackground. Many people here just paint everything in paint, leaving paintBackground untouched. Personally, I prefer splitting the tasks, so I'll give you the example of doing just that:

protected void paintBackground(Graphics g) {
  int prevColor = g.getColor();
  g.fillRect(0, 0, getWidth(), getHeight());
  g.drawRect(0, 0, getWidth(), getHeight());

protected void paint(Graphics g) {
  int prevColor = g.getColor();

 You can combine paintBackground then paint code in paint and leave paintBackground alone.

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