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Mike Cheung
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Hi Swing gurus, I am new to the Java world in terms of GUI development. I did some work before using Visual Studio on Windows and the ability to drag and drop controls onto a design service is amazing. Then there are companies like Telerik, Infragistic, or Synfusion makes it even better. Now I need to find someone to write something in Java and am not sure what to do. My understanding is JavaFX is the new thing and I think Oracle recommends starting new projects with it. But so far I am unable to find companies like http://www.jidesoft.com (probably the best for Java but still not comparable to companies like above) offering solutions for JavaFX. Neither am I able to find any proper IDE offering drag and drop feature for GUI development. I was told to try out SceneBuilder but for some reason I'm unable to download. So here are the questions:
1) What IDEs do you use to design your GUIs?
2) Are there any reasons why you'd stay in Swing rather than moving to JavaFX?
3) How do you compare Swing / JavaFX vs say GWT? Companies like http://www.smartclient.com apparently allow you to write in Java the front end GUI for either web or desktop in GWT. And the interface appears to be great.
 
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