Example of my xml:
you can check out my xml file, i normally explore the VBOX , HBOX, BORDERS, GRID and put panels inside them to get the desired look and feel for the applet.
as you can see in my example, i have menu at the top, display fields at the left, applet on the right, control buttons on the bottom.
i do agree it take time to get used to the interface, i normally copy and paste from another instant of a another applet to transfer "assets" to a new applet i am building/modifying etc.
welcome to applet making !
BTW you may want to start new threads for new questions for google bots to tag the links correctly for others to find help on EJS ;D