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Dhruva Sagar
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Hi there,

I have recently started working in SWT, have been long working in Swing.

Basically what my goal is to develop a Chess game for online-game play on popular chess servers like FICS, ICC, there is another open source client (pretty good) developed in java swing available by the name JIN, perhaps you know of it too.

I do like JIN, but I personally like the interface of BabasChess better and more comfortable, but its not available as such for the linux environment and so I decided that I should go ahead and build one for myself. If it is good enough, I will even release it as an open source applications for others' use.

I have planned to make an Eclipse RCP application for the same since SWT is much better than Swing in terms of both accessibility in general and visually too, I am certain I want to do it in SWT rather than in Swing.

Coming to my question, I am wondering if there is an alternative for JLayeredPane of Swing in SWT so that I can create a Chess board and easily allow Drag and Drop of chess pieces for moves. I will really appreciate any help or input that I can get from here since I am very serious about developing a game.

Or what alternatives do I have to be able to make a drag and drop enabled chess game in SWT and not in Swing maybe without using JLayeredPane approach. Could there be some other better way to do it?

Apart from that I also want to know how logical or appropriate it is to use Swing components in SWT in case there is no other alternative?
 
Dhruva Sagar
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Almost 2 weeks since I posted my query...no reply till date??? I am amazed. I guess I am in the wrong place. It would be great if people could direct me to a better more active forum.
 
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Originally posted by Dhruva Sagar:
Almost 2 weeks since I posted my query...no reply till date??? I am amazed. I guess I am in the wrong place. It would be great if people could direct me to a better more active forum.


Sad, but happens sometimes; especially when you crosspost
http://forums.sun.com/thread.jspa?threadID=5345815

http://faq.javaranch.com/java/BeForthrightWhenCrossPostingToOtherSites
 
Dhruva Sagar
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crosspost? I think you are not aware what the term crosspost really means.
Anyways I guess there is just no way that others know of...i'll try to get something out by myself perhaps. There has got be a way.
 
Ernest Friedman-Hill
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When you post the same question at JavaRanch and at some other site, some people take offense unless you state that fact up front. In any case, when you start off with the unfounded and contentious assertion that "SWT is much better than Swing in terms of both accessibility in general and visually too," you can't expect much help from Java fans.

I think this forum and the Sun Java forums aren't necessarily the best place to ask this kind of hardcore RCP question anyway. The eclipse.org mailing lists are really where you should go.
 
Dhruva Sagar
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Ok, I guess I see your point. I don't think there can be a debate at all that SWT is indeed better than Swing!
Anyways I understand your point. I apologize if I offended anybody unknowingly.
 
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Originally posted by Dhruva Sagar:
crosspost? I think you are not aware what the term crosspost really means.


While not wanting to distract from your question, I think it is important that we discuss the crossposting issue, since (as both Maneesh and Ernest note) it can actually hinder your chances of getting responses. Rather than starting with our definition, it might be worthwhile looking at how Wikipedia defines it:Crossposting is the act of posting the same message to multiple forums, mailing lists, or newsgroups. This is distinct from multiposting, which involves posting multiple identical messages, each to a single forum, newsgroup, or topic area.You've posted the same question in 2 different forums, which I believe fits within the Wikipedia definition.

Since crossposting can be beneficial for either the poster or the audience, there is a fairly standard etiquette that is usually followed - see Maneesh's response for a link to our suggestions.

Anyway - good luck with finding an answer. I suspect Ernest's suggested forums may be the best place to look (don't forget to mention that you are crossposting though).

- Andrew
[ December 05, 2008: Message edited by: Andrew Monkhouse ]
 
Dhruva Sagar
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Point taken.
[ December 05, 2008: Message edited by: Dhruva Sagar ]
 
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