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comments on eclipse?

I'm looking for a JAVA IDE and recently started reviewing the ones
that are available. From what I gather the IDEs are great for
organizing code and using pretty dialogs for managing object properties
but I don't see a key feature that I want:

the ability to use a design screen to make template user interfaces in
a GUI format. I want to be able to design an interface but point and
click widgets onto a blank canvas and I don't see this level of
functionality.

Do the IDEs generally allow this level of design, or more specifically,
does eclipse provide this level of functionality?

Must I pay the big bucks for jbuilder to get what I want?

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> the ability to use a design screen to make template user interfaces in
a GUI format. I want to be able to design an interface but point and
click widgets onto a blank canvas and I don't see this level of
functionality.


Netbeans has this built-in - its free at http://netbeans.org

HOWEVER:
Eclipse has plugins that will do the same thing.

From my research, of the two, it appears Eclipse is preferred about 2 to 1


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Jul 17 '05 #2
"Hal Rosser" <hm******@bellsouth.net> tried to express:
the ability to use a design screen to make template user interfaces in
a GUI format. I want to be able to design an interface but point and
click widgets onto a blank canvas and I don't see this level of
functionality.


Netbeans has this built-in - its free at http://netbeans.org

HOWEVER:
Eclipse has plugins that will do the same thing.

From my research, of the two, it appears Eclipse is preferred about 2 to 1


thanks.

downloaded netbeans last night and played with it for a few hours. seems
to do what I want and I was able to design and test a form in 15 minutes
that would have taken me hours coding by hand. One annoyance I noticed
is that all of the useful plugins are commercial products with pretty
hefty license fees.

I'll try eclipse next.


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One annoyance I noticed
is that all of the useful plugins are commercial products with pretty
hefty license fees.

I'll try eclipse next.


Many plugins are free
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