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IBM ever going to really promote SWT/JFace

 
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Are there any plans for IBM to really push these libraries as serious alternatives to Swing? Are they waiting for it to mature more? What's the skinny?
 
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I can't vouch for this, but I found this post that claims Sun prevents them from doing so. Anyone know if this is legit?

http://www.mail-archive.com/jug-discussion@tucson-jug.org/msg00355.html
 
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That is a very interesting mailling whether it's legit or not. I one of the major questions is, do users want native looking widgets or not. It doesn't matter what developers want.

Some questions that may never get answered:

  • Why does it matter that an application takes on the native OS L&F
  • Is it not better than an application looks and acts the same across any platform?
  • Or is it more important that CTRL-X in windows Exits the app but [insert MAC command here] on MAC does the same thing, rather than CTRL-X doing it on all platforms


  • What do users really want? Personally, I could care less what it looks like. I just want the app to function and not crash. But I'm not the majority.
     
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    I think that since most users use only one platform, they want their apps (which are all running on one platform) to all work alike.
     
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    Originally posted by Rob Warner:
    I think that since most users use only one platform, they want their apps (which are all running on one platform) to all work alike.


    That makes for a good "native" argument.
     
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