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which library to use?

C Cardoso
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Joined: Oct 16, 2006
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My boss wants me to program a "windows-like" program and I need to decide among SWT, AWT and Swing. What's the most practical of them? The software should "feel" like a Delphi or C++ application.

Plus, what GUI designer (if any) could I use?

Thanks in advance.
Nathan Pruett
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Joined: Oct 18, 2000
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If the biggest concern for the application is that it "feels like" a native application - go with SWT.

I don't know of any SWT GUI designers - though I'm sure some exist.


-Nate
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C Cardoso
Greenhorn

Joined: Oct 16, 2006
Posts: 3
Thanks, Nathan.

I'm using Eclipse, by the way.
C Cardoso
Greenhorn

Joined: Oct 16, 2006
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SWT with JFace apparently works very well for my purposes.

But I'm still coping to find documentation for JFace.
Where can I find it?
Nathan Pruett
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The JavaDocs and Programmer's Guide for SWT and JFace are in the Eclipse help docs - Help -> Help Contents -> Platform Plug-in Developer Guide

It's a lot easier to find examples on the web of using SWT directly rather than with JFace - not sure why this is, though.
Gregg Bolinger
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There are also a couple of good books on SWT/JFace.

SWT/JFace in Action
The Definitive Guide to SWT and JFace


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