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Blog Archive for joconner during October 2006

Several weeks ago, I tried to solve a form layout problem with NetBeans GUI Builder, sometimes known as Matisse. I shared that experience, and many of you had comments. Some of those blogs are here: Better GUIs are one step closer Layout Manager Showdown More Information about the Address Book Frame Some of you had improvements for the described form...psst, I already knew it was bad. Others...
Many of you made comments on my last blog about the frame specification. I think there are lots of ways to do this particular demo, many of them bad. I'm positive that what I show here will not look right to anyone. I apologize now that I am not a UI designer, never have been, and I won't even play one on TV. However, we have to agree on something in order to compare the abilities of various...
My recent blog about NetBeans GUI Builder (Matisse) and GroupLayout have encouraged a vigorous debate. Except for a fertile forum for comments, I've contributed practically nothing to the conversation and I feel somewhat intimidated by the brain power and energy that go into the discussions. However, having been encouraged by the participants, I'm announcing a Layout Manager Showdown!. Several...
I began using Java Studio Creator 2 just a couple weeks ago in an effort to create a Java technology based website for my community's Little League. My first task was to create a database. I started using Creator with the impression that it would assist me with that. I had read that Java Studio Creator 2 provides easy access to existing databases and their tables. That might be true, but the tool...
How many times have you walked away from a problem, beaten and worn down, only to return with the solution in hand? I knew I'd figure out my layout problem eventually. It didn't happen immediately, but it did happen. The situation just required a little breathing room. I'm still using NetBeans 5.5, even upgraded to the RC1 version today, and NetBeans is still my favorite IDE. Just yesterday (it...
I really like NetBeans 5.5 Beta's GUI Builder. However, after fighting with it for the last 3 hours, it's time to just get up and walk away for a while...like you might do when you find yourself getting extremely frustrated with a loved one. I don't want any hurt feelings for me or the NetBeans team. After all, I promote NetBeans every chance I get, but what happened here tonight between me and...