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MS-Access-like development environment?

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Joined: 2006-12-13


I'm looking for a tool to develop form-based client apps, like MS Access; only using java/jdbc instead of VBA. Does anything like that exist? Particularly, what provides the best forms-type facilities among NetBeans, Eclipse, JDeveloper, IntelliJ?

Any opinions appreciated,



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Joined: 2006-12-18 Base could be the answer, but... I haven't pargammed in Java with OpenOffice. I suppose you can - OpenOffice is made by Sun after all. is made in java and uses jdbc connectors

Joined: 2005-05-19

NetBeans was created to put the final dagger in VB. VB is a joke, when I was a network admin in the 90's I recoiled in horror when I learned how many companies used VB for their UIs. Before that I didnt consider VB worthy of such roles and I still don't; especially compared to Java.

NetBeans has got everyone smoked. There is a lot of people who do not like netbeans or GUI RAD tools period but netbeans is going to eventually shut them up.

I used to hate it also but now it is my main dev tool. It is perfect for what you want to do. Make sure you get a tool set to make JDBC easier though. Apache commons has a package called dbUtils (i think that is the name) and there are others on


Joined: 2003-12-02

Netbeans is a disaster. Terribly slow, unstable, unwieldy, stifles the programmer, poor refactoring support, unintuitive, the list goes on and on.

I tried pretty much every version, and with every version my aversion towards the product grows.