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Seeking Recommendation for a JAVA IDE

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#1 continuum123


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Posted 23 February 2014 - 09:14 PM

I am planning to write a browser-based software application, and want to use Java.  The last time I coded was about 10 years ago, so I am rusty to say the least.  But I did learn Java back when, and when to get something written quick and dirty.


The behind-the-scenes-logic I can do okay.  My weak area -- back then and now -- is programming the user interface.  I would like to find a contemporary Java IDE that makes GUI programming very, very simple, as in the drag-and-drop interface design from Visual Basic.  (Or at least, VB as it used to be, I haven't done that in a while either.)


I'd appreciate any recommendations for an IDE that makes the GUI coding in Java almost "codeless" from the programmers perspective -- design visually, the IDE generates the code.


Free IDE's are always welcome, but I can spend some money -- a couple of hundred, not much more.  If it's a paid IDE, I'd prefer something with a general trial period.


Thanks in advance for all replies.

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#2 groovicus


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Posted 24 February 2014 - 09:46 AM

I used to use NetBeans for this. I used it to teach some middle school students how to make drag and drop GUIs that was almost painless. Eclipse is usually highly recommended, but I have never used it for web apps.

#3 Slurppa


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Posted 08 May 2014 - 12:38 AM

I could also suggest that you try IntelliJ IDEA(http://www.jetbrains.com/idea/)

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