Tuesday, August 2, 2016

WindowBuilder to build Swing client in Java

If you think Swing is bad, what about the endless mess that is Web UI development.... so we chose the lesser evil.... anyway UI technologies are one of the most Epic Failures in IT history, for they all lack a really stable mathematical model behind them.
Installation instructions: http://download.eclipse.org/windowbuilder/WB/integration/4.4/
In fact it took me a while to discover that the "update site URL" is the same http://download.eclipse.org/windowbuilder/WB/integration/4.4/ (sorry Eclipse for being so dumb... if I were smart I would not be using Eclipse in the first place)
After you install, you discover that now you have 2 new Perspectives, WindowBuilder Palette and Structure. You can live without them.
After a LOT of clicks I discover that the latest doc is here . I love Eclipse, it turns life in a treasure hunt game.
Anyway using the WindowBuilder is relatively simple and it seems to fulfill its promise of two-way engineering (edit the code, and see the result in the design view).

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