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Thread: I looking for Swing plugin for eclispe

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    I looking for Swing plugin for eclispe

    I am looking for a swing plugin for eclipse-jee-galileo-SR1-win32
    for gui programming

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    Re: I looking for Swing plugin for eclispe

    There are a few but I have had no success with any of them (the free ones). They either don't work at all or don't do what I want. So much so that I always end up hand coding UIs.

    I recently tried visualswing4eclipse with galileo and ganymede. Rubbish.

    http://code.google.com/p/visualswing4eclipse/

    There is also the Visual Editor Project but like visualswing4eclipse it is also rubbish. Neither have had new a release for some years and the docco is almost non existent.

    http://www.eclipse.org/vep/WebContent/main.php

    I'm told there are some good ones that you can purchase but I have no experience with these.

    You could try NetBeans whose GUI editor is much better than the Eclipse offerings. I tried it last week but struggled with it. It tries to be too helpful with "snapping" widgets etc. and I end up yelling at the damn thing.

    If you must use a visual designer then definitely go for NetBeans but really, doing it by hand is the only way for Java UIs.

    I would be interested if anyone else has had similar experiences. I would love to find a UI designer for Java apps that are as good as the MS ones. VB6 for all its language deficiencies had awesome UI tools.
    Go you good thing!

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    Re: I looking for Swing plugin for eclispe

    @Myrtle: heh, too true.

    If you want a GUI editor of sorts and you don't want to pay money for it you want Netbeans. However the damn thing isn't actually all that _easy_ to work with. Some pretty basic manipulations (e.g. swap two components vertically but keep their horizontal positions) or make sure that two given combo-boxes fix to the same size if they are *not* part of the same container...

    And that is what is to be considered well within the scope of GUI design. But the picture becomes quite a bit worse when more complex scenario's arise; such as e.g. custom resource loading.

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