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SWT question.

Gregg Bolinger
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Does anyone know if SWT is being maintained as a viable alternative to SWING/AWT or if it simply being used by IBM for its own purposes (Eclipse). This is not a SWT vs SWING thread. I simply want to know if anyone knows if SWT is going to be around and maintained for a while.
I found an openGL library that works with SWT and it is the best I have seen. Better than JOGL for sure.

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Nathan Pruett

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SWT will be around at least as long as Eclipse... which looks to be a while since Eclipse seems to be a pretty popular IDE. Right now I think the majority of SWT stuff is connected to Eclipse in some way, but there does seem to be a lot of interest in making SWT an alternative to Swing/AWT. I know that they recently made it available as a separate download for just this reason.

SWT is also open source, so even if development stops today, that's not going to stop someone from picking up the code and fixing problems. But I don't think it's going to come to that... Eclipse and SWT both seem to be going strong. I still haven't figured out how "popular" SWT is going to be as a GUI toolkit, but it's not going to die any time soon.

Also, two Eclipse developers are supposed to be here this week in the IDEs forum - Kent Beck and Erich Gamma. ( you might've heard of them before... ) This would probably be a good topic to bring up there too.

(Oh, and BTW, could you post a link to that OpenGL library... I'd be interested in looking at that, too... )
[ November 11, 2003: Message edited by: Nathan Pruett ]

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Gregg Bolinger
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Thanks Nate. Here is the OpenGL library link. There is 0 documentation. However, NeHe has ported tutorials 1-5 for SWT. That helped me get started and I was able to start creating my own abstract classes and what not.
I agree. Here's the link:
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