Anybody remembers how M$ was attacked when they added their own GUI stuff to Java? Now ... why is IBM allowed to do so?
Hey, I bash SWT whenever I can be bothered to!
I have to admit, though, that it's started to grow on me. The style of buttons etc is rather nice.
However, SWT is still, IMNSHO, utterly crap: not one single eclipse dialog resizes, and even at 1400x1050 a lot fo them DON'T FIT on the screen, and DON'T allow themselves to be dragged off the edge, so there are options I know I physically cannot click on or alter (unless I do it blind, using tabbing, and often the tabbing doesn't work either).
But...NB has been so very very very very very bad for so very long that it would take an event of catastrophic proportions to make me try it out again. You see the thing is that I know NB is (was) evil, and I know that eclipse is bearable, and half works just enough that I have more important things to do with my hours of time than download, install, re-learn, re-configure, re-discover and memorize all the bugs, go on the web, research the work-arounds to the bugs, memorize those, etc for NB.
If the NB project had at any point engendered that precious thing called "trust" then I expect many more people would give it a go. But they squandered it with atrociously sloppy and under-tested (untested?) code for so long, and stupidly huge memory usage etc, that now most people subconscioulsy think "NB is rubbish", no matter how unbiased they try to be.
Basically, we've all been burnt by NB, and deep down most of us haven't forgiven NB yet for being so nasty to us
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