SwingSet3

If you program your GUI using Swing, you are probably familiar with the SwingSet2 demo that is bundled with the JDK. SwingSet2 was created for release 1.3 of the JDK. Are you aware that SwingSet3, for use with release Java SE 6 update 10, is now available on java.net?

This new version, written by Swing expert, Amy Fowler, boasts a slick GUI showcasing the Nimbus look and feel. This demo is visually beautiful and extensible, but what I really love is the new feature that allows you to view the code used to create and display the selected component. One half of a split pane displays the selected component and the other half shows the code. For some complex components, such as JTable and JButton, a combo box allows you to choose exactly what snippet of code produces a particular effect.

You can obtain SwingSet3 from swingset3.dev.java.net.

(If, like me, are you a Mac OS X user, you need to be running the latest version of JDK 6 from Apple that runs only under Leopard.)

Check it out!

-- Sharon Zakhour

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