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Can i use an DIE to help design my gui?

Derick Potgieter
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Joined: Feb 19, 2004
Posts: 13
I`ve just registered for the assigment and they say that you can use a a IDE tool of choice. Can i build my Gui also in this IDE??
Thanks
Derick
Satish Avadhanam
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Joined: Aug 12, 2003
Posts: 697
Hi Derick,
You can use any IDE to develop the project. But there are very strict constraints stating that NO CODE should be used that is generated by an IDE. All of the work MUST be original, i.e. should be done by us.
Hope this helps, thanks.
George Marinkovich
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Joined: Apr 15, 2003
Posts: 619
Hi Derick,
Originally posted by Derickll Potgieterll:
I`ve just registered for the assigment and they say that you can use a a IDE tool of choice. Can i build my Gui also in this IDE??

As Satish has pointed out you should not directly include any GUI code generated by your IDE. If you want to use the GUI code generated by your IDE for ideas about how you could implement your GUI I guess there's nothing wrong with that. It's important that you understand your code so if there's something generated by your IDE that you don't understand I wouldn't use it until I understood completely what it was doing, how it was doing it, and why it was doing it.
It's OK to use an IDE for development, but at some point in the testing phase and certainly before submitting I would build everything from the command-line and, of course, run from the command line. Your application should build and run from the command-line without any problems.
Don't feel that you have to use a sophisticated IDE if you don't have one, or have one and don't want to use it. TextPad (shareware) is a very nice editor and you can build and run your application using scripts from the command-line (or even better Ant). It's not a huge project so you won't be overwhelmed by not using an IDE. It's a nice feeling to know that you can do everything you need to do without depending on an IDE. Sort of like driving a car with a manual transmission (always feel a little sorry for someone who never learned how).


Regards, George
SCJP, SCJD, SCWCD, SCBCD
Max Habibi
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Joined: Jun 27, 2002
Posts: 4118
I have to agree: do a search on this forum for the topic, but my suggestion is that Textpad is plenty.
All best,
M


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George Marinkovich
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Joined: Apr 15, 2003
Posts: 619
Hey Derick,
I just now noticed the typo in the topic title (missed it the first time). That isn't a Freudian slip, is it? It's not necessary to actually die to get the GUI working correctly, even though it feels that way sometimes.
 
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