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Development of an IDE with GUI Designer

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sajalmalhotra
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Hi ,

We want to develop an IDE in java, which will provide a GUI Designer also. GUI designer will allow to Design some screens by providing some minimum controls( developed in Java Beans). The output files fed to compiler would be XML files.

Could anyone tell me how to start of a development of your own IDE like this. Any books or material available, which tells how to develop such IDEs or GUI Designers.

Actually i have experience in VC++ but not java. So i am sort of beginer in JAVA.

I would be greatfull if someone can extend some help.

Warm Regards

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jwenting
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Joined: 2003-12-02

Unless you have extensive experience in the technologies involved don't you think it would be wiser to start with a less ambitious project?

evickroy
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Since Eclipse was mentioned, I am compelled to point out that Netbeans is another great option for providing a platform to build custom applications on. It is even a fantastic IDE, so you might find that you don't need to build your own after using Netbeans. You can find out more here http://www.netbeans.org/.

Erik

sajalmalhotra
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Hi All,
Thanks for the prompt response.
Actually i was studying the feasibilty of both Eclipse and Netbeans platform.
While surfing Eclipse.org i came across a project named Visual Editor Framework(VEF), that has been developed over Eclipse Platform only. It provides framework for GUI Builder development.
Has any one used this or knows how much it would be helpfull in addressing my requirements.

Thanks Again
Sajal

evickroy
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I have not used it, but if a Visual GUI editor is what you are looking for, then Netbeans 5 comes with an outstanding visual editor called Matisse. Matisse might be more of what you would expect from a Visual Studio style GUI editor. Also, the upcoming Netbeans 6 release is something to watch for. http://form.netbeans.org/roadmap.html

Erik

vhi
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Why don't you take a look at eclipse.org? Eclipse provides a good architecture to build custom plugins. Even if you find that you need to build an IDE from scratch (which I feel is unnecessary), you can still benefit from its code base.