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What are the IDE's people use for GUI building ?

 
John Laker
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What IDE should I use for building GUI's in Java.

Currently using eclipse for non-GUI programming. Tried the visual editor plugin for eclipse but it keeps on hanging on me when I load the visual editor.
 
Greg Brannon
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I use Eclipse and write the Swing code myself.
 
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Greg Brannon wrote:I use Eclipse and write the Swing code myself.


Do you do that for more complex GUIs too ? because I believe there is got to be an easier way to make GUIs with drag and drop methods.
 
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I build all my GUIs by hand, in notepad. It's not very efficient, but I like to have complete control over my applications. I can't help it :P
 
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I use Netbeans. Helps me to be focused on the functionality of the application rather than worrying about the layout and other alignment related issues for the GUI. I feel using GUI builder for larger application is better. But for smaller, sample applications one can use Simple editor to build the GUI. Also Eclipse has lot of plugins for GUI builder- One of them which I have used is Jigloo.
 
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A lot of people here agree with Greg and Stephan, me included. Manual coding all the way, with a few utility classes for the tedious repetitive parts.
 
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Rob Prime wrote:A lot of people here agree with Greg and Stephan, me included. Manual coding all the way, with a few utility classes for the tedious repetitive parts.


even if its a complex GUI?
 
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Mohamed Sanaulla wrote:
Rob Prime wrote:A lot of people here agree with Greg and Stephan, me included. Manual coding all the way, with a few utility classes for the tedious repetitive parts.

even if its a complex GUI?


Especially when its a complex GUI.
 
Stephan van Hulst
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Haha, I can only agree with Maneesh.
 
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+1

And don't forget to use a layout manager that supports writing the layout by hand! e.g. FormLayout from JGoodies.
 
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