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Has anyone compared Swing/AWT and SWT?  RSS feed

Gerry Giese
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I've been hearing more and more about Eclipse and the SWT (who hasn't??) lately, and both seem like good ideas. I'm not bothered too much about the portability issue with SWT since runtimes are available for multiple platforms and it's all open-source, and I think it's good that AWT/Swing has some competition, which should lead to improvements. Anyway, has anyone actually gone and done any testing to compare the technologies? Not just ease-of-use and ease-of-coding, but also stability/bugginess and performance.
Performance is the biggie for me, since most pure-Java apps seem quite slow to me. Supposedly Forte(written in Java, maybe NetBeans, too?) will have significant performance improvements in the next version, but I'm not sure how they're going about doing that. If anyone from Forte is reading this, I'd love to see a java.sun.com profile of how the team improved performance of the app. It's in Sun's best interest to pass on this knowledge!
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