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Narayanan Jayaraman
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Could someone suggest a good IDE for Swing based application development. Visual Age for Java is good they don't support JDK 1.3 or above ?. Thanks
 
Gregg Bolinger
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Chrome IntelliJ IDE Mac OS X
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NetBeans is by far the best in my opinion. And it is free. There have been a thousand similar discussions in the IDE and Other Tools forum on this site.
[ April 11, 2003: Message edited by: Gregg Bolinger ]
 
Mike London
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Hi,
I haven't used the other IDE mentioned above, but I use JBuilder. The nice thing about it is you just drag controls on to a "form" and double click them to add event logic.
Unfortunately, JBuilder is expensive for what you get and isn't as slick IMHO as, say, Visual Studio .NET, but it's a LOT better than doing it in Notepad.
Hope this helps.
-- Mike
 
Bob Dobalina
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It's important, when choosing an IDE, to pick one that generates straight Swing java code that can be read and reasonably edited when the IDE goes away. This will make life much easier down the road if someone else were to maintain your code and didn't have access to the IDE that you chose.
IBM's VAJ certainly did not suceed in producing code that would be easily editable outside of the IDE, and unfortunately I don't have enough experience with other IDE's to recommend one that has.
-tim
 
Matt Cao
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Hi,
It's depended on the environment. If you need to study Java, then use JCreator -- quick and dirty. If you are pro, then use JBuilder. But if you are married to your computer kind, then use SunOneStudio 4 -- remeber to register with EAP at Sun. You will need it often.
Cheers,
MCao
 
raj madhuram
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Though Netbeans/Forte has a decent GUI builder, Eclipse (http://www.eclipse.org) wins my vote because it is fast.
 
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