the last time i coded a swing application was back in 1999. i did it with a normal text editor & it took a long time. are there any jazzy frameworks/toolkits/editors that make swing development faster? if so, which is the best?
I'm not sure there still is a magic bullet. It depends what kind of application you are writing. If you want to throw some screens up real quick, Mitch Stuart has done an extensive comparison of GUI Builders.
If you more want tools to assist you there are a number including the JGoodies Binding, Validation, and FormLayout projects. Spring also has a rich client project that includes quite a bit of functionality. I have linked to tons of projects you might find interesting on my blog listed below.