The 5 Best Things About Griffon
By Geertjan-Oracle on Sep 12, 2008
However, the application (i.e., Swing application, applet, and JNLP) could have been created without NetBeans IDE, of course. Simply follow the steps described there from a command prompt, with a text pad, and you'll end up with the same result. The NetBeans IDE modules do nothing magical for Griffon (same with Grails), other than provide a GUI which replaces the command prompt.
And here's what I like best about Griffon so far:
- I can use Groovy.
- I can reuse everything I learned from Grails.
- I am almost forced to think in an MVC-way about my Swing application.
- At the end, for no extra effort whatsoever, I not only have a Swing application, but also an applet and a JNLP application.
- Griffon is under active development by people who know what they're doing, having learned from the successes and mistakes of Swing, in a modern context, so I'm expecting the best of all worlds within a single framework.