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What tool should I use to develop GUI for J2EE

Mike Oakes

Joined: Apr 14, 2005
Posts: 5
I want to start developing J2EE web applications using JSP and Java but am not sure the quickest and best way to develop the user interface. From everything I have seen, most of the design needs to be done by writing HTML code(which I have little experience). Is there any drag and drop visual editors that easily integrate with JSP and J2EE. I've been reading about JSF (Java Server Faces) but not sure if this will do the trick (or if this is the best way).

Is it best to just use a GUI HTML editor and then copy and paste the source into my IDE (I'm currently using NetBeans which has JSP,J2EE support).

If JSF is the way to go, Can anyone recommend a free Visual Tool that implements this.

Layne Lund
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Joined: Dec 06, 2001
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This forum is for general beginner questions. We have separate forums for JSP and IDEs. You should probably post your question in one of those forums so that other Java Ranch members that don't visit this forum can help you. Be sure to explain why you are posting the same question, since cross posting is typically frowned upon around here.


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Jeroen Wenting
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Joined: Oct 12, 2000
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The best way IS to write the code yourself.
What few click and drop tools there are don't work well and produce horrible code.

Hentay Duke
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Joined: Oct 27, 2004
Posts: 198
Learn the JSP tag libraries while you're at it and you'll only need the most basic of html (tables is about all I use now). The rest is all JSP and the related tag libraries. And like someone else said forget the drag and drop WYSIWYG programs. A simple HTML program that closes your tags and such can be helpful though.
Mark Spritzler

Joined: Feb 05, 2001
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Hi Mike. JSF is a web application framework, it is very helpful, and Sun has its Web Creator IDE which allows you to draw pages, which is nice, but I still think in the end you will still need to do some hand coding of stuff.

I am going to move this to the IDE forum.


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