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Joined: Apr 11, 2006
Posts: 19
Is there anyway i can create an interface for java objects with having to write loads of code and using the swing package. There is bound to be an easier way, well i hope there is. Thanks.
Ulf Dittmer

Joined: Mar 22, 2005
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Some of the IDEs have GUI builders. E.g., NetBeans 5.0 has "Matisse", a new module for creating GUIs that's been creating quite a few waves for what it can do.

Joined: Apr 11, 2006
Posts: 19
I believe Eclipse has a GUI builder. I have installed eclipse but im guessing you have to install a plugin. Is there any documentation on what plugin to install and how to install it. Cheers.
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George Sparks

Joined: Apr 10, 2006
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NetBeans 5.0 is great for designing GUI's, but it can be a pain. It requires quite a lot of patience and sidetracking if you are also trying to learn Java.


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Brandt Charles
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Joined: Apr 17, 2006
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Aww, the original poster stole my thunder for the subject of my very first message on this board.

So there evidently are modules to generate the GUIs in Java programs. But I thought they maybe didn't generate the code for them a la Visual Basic (I mean generating the event handlers, adding to content pane, etc, not the actual code when they are interacted with by the user). Do these? IIRC Eclipse has something available called Windows Builder, which is tragically not free. Can anyone shed light on these issues?

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