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Offline offman

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« Posted 2012-05-18 20:18:47 »

i'm searching for a GUI maker for java, even only for simple Swing Gui.
i'm using WindowBuilder on eclipse but i don't think is good.
Do you know another application for that?
I prefer an IDE that don't write rows of code with shitty comments.

sorry for my english i'm italian.

thanks in advance

Offline Danny02
« Reply #1 - Posted 2012-05-18 20:22:14 »

take a look at netbeans, with has a new gridbag layout tool in its GUI toolbox.
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« Reply #2 - Posted 2012-05-19 03:57:49 »

Eclipse has WindowBuilder, it was bought by Google and is now free:
There is also my lovely TableLayout if you want to hand write your UI. Smiley

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Offline offman

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« Reply #3 - Posted 2012-05-19 06:45:16 »

netbeans is better than windowbuilder 'cause i can resize better component by hand.
but it creates shitty comments in my opinion....there's a way to modify the locked code (autogenerated code) by netbeans?
Offline gouessej
« Reply #4 - Posted 2012-05-19 08:21:05 »


netbeans is better than windowbuilder 'cause i can resize better component by hand.
but it creates shitty comments in my opinion....there's a way to modify the locked code (autogenerated code) by netbeans?
Netbeans WYSIWYG editor is called Matisse as far as I know. Therefore, you should compare Matisse with Windowbuilder and Netbeans with Eclipse.

In my humble opinion, if you haven't already done that, learn to write complex Swing GUIs without this kind of tool and use them only when you are comfortable with Swing. Trying to find where you have to put your code will make you waste a lot of time especially if you're a beginner in Swing.

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« Reply #5 - Posted 2012-05-19 14:55:24 »

If you're really concerned about the "shitty" commenting in generated code, then you should take gouessej's advice and write the GUI by hand.  The whole point of using a GUI builder is to not worry about what the code looks like.
Offline ReBirth
« Reply #6 - Posted 2012-05-20 06:16:04 »

I remember the day when I created a bunch of Layouts and reusing JPanel like hell to create design that I want.

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« Reply #7 - Posted 2012-05-20 08:52:46 »

there's a way to modify the locked code (autogenerated code) by netbeans?
Sure there is, but then you wouldn't be able to use this with the GUI builder anymore. But I really don't see your problem. The code netbeans is generating is not your concern. Just implement your listeners and don't care about the boilerplate-code netbeans generates.

Maybe your problem is that you try to do something in another way that the GUI builder assumes, so it goes into your way. Try to work through some tutorials about Matisse and see if it provides stuff you overlooked.

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