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Which one, VB.Net or java ???

Andres Gonzalez
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Joined: Nov 27, 2001
Posts: 1561
Hi all.. I have been assigned to develop a 'complex' application.
It is basically a text editor. The application should have the following functionalities:
* It should have a pallette with different icons that the user can drag and drop to the editor.
* The 'editor' is divided into columns, and the user should be able to resize them. For example, when you use microsoft excel to resize the cells.
* The user should be able to load a text file, will be able to highlight the text, copy it, and paste it to the editor. Internally, the text should be converted to an image ( ).
* I also think my boss will want a cut, delete option if the user makes any mistake..
* There's an execute button that the user will click and the editor will show everything from left to right, according to a certain speed the user can input
... and some other functionalities...
I know there's a lot of gurus here that can develop this in couple of weeks, but i'm not....yet. I think it's damn hard... I have no idea how i'm gonna do it.
I'm 100% java fan, but I'm also realistic. Which one do you guys think is easier to use (vb or java swing, probably?).
Is it feasible to achieve something like this using pure swing (like drag and drop,column resizing..), need good suggestions and advises...if java is the one, which IDE (JBuilder??)
thank you

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Michael Morris
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Joined: Jan 30, 2002
Posts: 3451
Hi Andres,
All of your listed requirements can be accomplished with swing, but I don't know about getting it done in two weeks. Whether you are a great java fan or not, the question is can you envision how to proceed using java and do you feel like you can finish the project? If you would feel more comfortable using VB, since we're talking about your job, then use VB. Personally (being an old fart) I prefer not using an IDE at all, but if you want to use one, choose one that you are already familiar with.
Hope this helps,
Michael Morris

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Andres Gonzalez
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Joined: Nov 27, 2001
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Thank you michael... that's the funny thing.. I know absolutely nothing about VB, never wanted to learn it. My 'boss' knows that this is not a two-week task, but i'm not very good at swing, I've been more concentrated on jsp/servlets/jdbc/javabeans stuff...
we'll see... i have jbuilder in my pc.. .
TJ Hylton

Joined: Jul 27, 2002
Posts: 12
Hey Andres, there's a lot of source code for editors available on the net(you can check )you will have to edit the codes to fit your specifications...they would help get you started though .I developed an editor myself using swing from took awhile but it wasn't very hard. good luck!
[ August 08, 2002: Message edited by: TJ Hylton ]

TJ Hylton
Rob Ross

Joined: Jan 07, 2002
Posts: 2205
And don't forget There are quite a few opensource text editors there, both in java and C++.

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