I am learning Java 2 from local community college. All material from the book is too simple and tedious to be productive at work or at home. The AWT tools and Swing are NOT as easy, user friendly, and powerful as those GUI tools come with Microsoft developer tools ( Visual Basic and Visual FoxPro ). I need to design applets with a lot of buttons, scroll lists, text fields, and folders. I am looking for third party software which will provide me with GUI tools. I can just drag and drop to my panel. Then re-position it, re-size it, set up properties, generate codes,...etc. Please advise. Thanks.
Awt and Swing are fudamentals of Java2, so I suggest you learn them, they're really not that difficult to use. Java is put out by Sun Microsystems, so I don't think Microsoft is going to come to your rescue here. But if you really want to waste your money, I'm sure you can find something out there. If you're planning on taking the certification exam, you may be bothered to learn that AWT is part of it.
Borland/Enprise has a free version of its JBuilder product that you can download. This is the Foundation version and does not support all aspects of Java, but it will allow you to visually design you app/applet with all the geegaws you want. Do a Google search on 'JBuilder' and you'll find the Borland/Enprise site for this download. My problem was that I spent all my time learning the GUI tool, and not the language. Rick