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Best IDE for GUI building

Tanveer Rameez
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Joined: Dec 11, 2000
Posts: 158
Which IDE is best for SWING/GUP app development. I have used Netbeans, JBuilder, Eclipse(after adding the plugin) to drag and drop swing/awt/SWT component and create GUI apps. I want to know how do you all rate these IDEs and other IDEs I have not used or not mentioned(IntelliJ etc).
Also which one has good UML designing tool included?

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Ko Ko Naing
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Joined: Jun 08, 2002
Posts: 3178
I have ever used JBuilder and Eclipse... No IDE satisfy me for GUI building... I use my own code to build by myself...

Grid design and DnDs in Visual Studio is really great... But it's not for Java...

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Steven Bell
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Joined: Dec 29, 2004
Posts: 1071
The best Swing builder tool I have used is JFromDesigner. I used many of the beta versions and found it easy to use and that it produced passable code. Unfortunatly it is not free, or even cheap. Back to hand building GUI's for me.
Jeroen Wenting
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Joined: Oct 12, 2000
Posts: 5093
JBuilder wins hands down.
It's the only one that produces code that's actually pretty close to what a human would write, plus its support of realtime two-way development makes it ideal for manual finetuning.

But as already said, nothing beats handcrafted code. Use JBuilder to build the skeleton, then hook up your event listeners and stuff by hand.

Tim Holloway
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Joined: Jun 25, 2001
Posts: 17410

I have an antique copy of Visual Cafe that I use to do layouts. However, since I don't want proprietary code in the GUI, and because the generated code does a lot of redundant work, I run the results though a Perl script that replaces the the Symantec layout code calls with optimized Swing calls.

An IDE is no substitute for an Intelligent Developer.
Pat Hays
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Joined: Aug 20, 2004
Posts: 138

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Kevin Mangold

Joined: Jan 13, 2005
Posts: 18
Raw code.
I agree. Here's the link:
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