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Ransika deSilva
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Hello,
I just wanted to know what are the GUI builders for java like Netbeans, JBuilder etc.
Thank you.
 
Terence Doyle
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Hi,
Having used Forte, JBuilder, Visual Age and others I can honestly say you shold develop your GUI code manually.
All the GUI editors use special formats or ridiculous method structures to allow you to place a simple JButton on a JPanel. The problems arise when your code needs to be maintained by someone using another tool ( possibly yourself in a future moment).
I now use Eclipse and generate all my GUI code manually - helps you to get the hang of the LayoutManagers too

Hope that helps,
Terry
 
Christopher Brooks
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That's encouraging, I thought it was just me. I tried using Forte to do my GUI building but I find the generated to code to be long-winded, the IDE not using loops and so on. You have to really learn how to use the IDE properly otherwise you hit a brick wall because you cant edit the generated code. I found that learning the IDE reelly well is in itself enough of a burden on top of trying to learn Java.
However I do sometimes find it useful to generate code, for example for the event handling, and then copy and paste the generated parts of the code I like into my program!
 
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