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IDE for easy GUI creation?

Marcel Wentink
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Joined: Sep 19, 2008
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Nowadays is there in java a good IDE in which making a simple GUI can be done by say dragging a button to a form, comparable with Delphi? It should be an application just running on a user's computer, no internet or intranet, nor client server etcetera.

I am being asked to investigate and promote java as an environment to create GUI's that will call C++ libraries, on different operating systems. The creation of the GUI should be easy since the programmers creating the GUI's will be scientists using our C++ libs to do research calculations. Hence these people their first task is not creating a pretty maintainable GUI, but just to froggle something up that will call the calculation libs.

I mostly have JSP and CORBA experience in Java. I did some JBuilder ten years ago. So in java I do not have really a lot of recent GUI creation experience. Please give me some advice, and thanks in advance.
J. Nuno
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Joined: Jul 11, 2008
Posts: 13
Hi,

Give a try to NetBeans. I always use Eclipse IDE because I usually handcode GUI's but I think NetBeans GUI editor is the best out there and it's free.

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Jesper de Jong
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+1! NetBeans has a very good GUI builder. For tutorials on how to use it, see these tutorials.


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Marcel Wentink
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Thanks, and my apologies to javaranch that I did not post this in the right group.
Steven Wall
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Joined: Nov 04, 2007
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I would recommend JFormDesigner based on my experience with it (though I have not used NetBeans so I can't compare). It has plug-ins for both Eclipse and IntelliJ. It was easy to learn.


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estiedi Estiedi
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Joined: Mar 15, 2005
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I have used WindowBuilder from Instantiations for a while. It's the best I've seen so far! It's commercial (some free use for non-commercial usage), but you'll earn the 329 $ (for the pro version) back on your first project. BTW, Instantiations has several other high quality products, like RCP Developer, CodePro AnalytiX. I haven't worked with RCP Developer, but I would definitely buy it if I had to make an Eclipse RCP application. I have worked a while with CodePro AnalytiX and it is excellent.

FYI, I have no interest whatsoever in Instantiations, except maybe they will give me a rebate on my next purchase if they read this?!

HTH,

Dirk
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