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  • February 6, 2008

Hello Swing Application Framework Tooling!

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager
The tooling support that the IDE has for JSR-296 is really awesome. There's so much of it. To get myself up to speed, I went through this demo, which gets you a nice application for searching Flickr:

The above is a pic taken at JavaOne last year, of myself, and my fellow authors of the book 'Rich Client Programming: Plugging into the NetBeans Platform'.

The best parts that the Flickr demo show are, in my opinion:

  • The ready-to-run application framework that the New Project wizard creates.
  • The checkbox that generates code for executing a method on the EDT. Really cool.
  • The setting in the Properties window that connects the text field's action to the method that searches for the image.
  • The seamless integration with Java Web Start via a few clicks in the project's customizer.

The sheer range of tools provided is really cool. It makes the prototype or draft phase of application development a point-and-click activity. Probably the best thing is how all the tooling that the IDE provides really pulls all the theory of JSR-296 out of the dry specification and into the world of the real.

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