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Easy GUI builder tool for Java ?

 
Raghavendra Shockley
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Hi ! Please tell me if there is a simple GUI based tool that can help me to easily build GUI based java programs. Before I can master swing, I want to use a GUI builder to develop the front end such as "boxes and buttons" and do the back end using my knowledge of Java. You see, there is not much I can do with only console based programs. Please suggest a tool for my needs.

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Raghavendra Shockley wrote:Hi ! Please tell me if there is a simple GUI based tool that can help me to easily build GUI based java programs. Before I can master swing, I want to use a GUI builder to develop the front end such as "boxes and buttons" and do the back end using my knowledge of Java. You see, there is not much I can do with only console based programs. Please suggest a tool for my needs.

Thanks.

If you really want to learn swing, don't go by GUI code generators. But if you don't have time (say tight deadlines etc.) then you can think of NetBeans IDE by Oracle, or jigloo plugin for Eclipse IDE.

Personally, I found NetBeans more flexible than jigloo. But, please note that most of those GUI code generators generate code which is either inefficient, or difficult to debug (especially code generated by NetBeans is almost impossible to debug - its a huge chain of methods like obj.method1().method2().method3(new someClass())... etc.).

However, NetBeans saves a lot of time, and very rarely you'll have to debug the code. Most of the time you'll be debugging your own methods/listeners which should not be very difficult.

I hope this helps.
 
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Agree that you should not use such tools until after you master Swing.

I think this thread would sit better on another forum, maybe IDEs, maybe Swing.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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