Help me find a good IDE for gui development in Java
April 14, 2011 1:01 PM Subscribe
Help me find a good IDE for gui development in Java.
posted by bookman117 to Technology (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Okay, so I hate guis and it really annoys me that our final project in comp sci II pretty much has to be gui-intensive, but here goes. Anyway, the IDE I normally use is JCreator, which I have used since I was a senior in high school last year in AP computer science. What I want is an IDE that will display a palette of various stuff (menus, buttons, text fields, etc), that I can easily drag and drop onto a JFrame or JDialog. I've worked with this kind of thing before that was for Visual Basic, and it would allow to to drag and drop labels and buttons onto whatever the Visual Basic equivalent of a JFrame is and type whatever text you wanted to be there directly onto the gui, and pretty much the only thing you really had to program were the event listeners (the interesting stuff). I know Netbeans and some other IDEs for Java have this capability, but does anybody have any recommendations as to which have the best combination of power, ease of use, and ease of learning it quickly (and of course, freely available to download)? Thanks.