I created the whole NetBeans API Javadoc viewer described in Flying with Griffon
in NetBeans IDE 6.5 (Dev), using my tweaked Grails modules. The Swing application and applet are created via the same "griffon run-app" process, with this result:
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.