"Visual Editor for Java" integrated/plug-in into "Gel 0.39" (enhancement)
I have watched these forums closely from my development job and
always recommend this tool to colleagues over alternative code
editors / IDE. I also realise from comments that development has all
but finished on Gel for the moment! However, I have been playing
around with the Eclipse 3.02 IDE and compared to Gel 0.39, it is
slow, overly graphical with masses of wizards that really make my
head spin! Since I am a programmer, I always prefer total control
over my coding environment. This is exactly what Gel provides through
its fantastically simple code centric approach. However, I would also
like to switch to a design view once in a while to position a button,
picture of combo box in the correct place along with a properties
panel, without the need to figure out point 0,0 in code!
What I am saying is that the free open source "Visual Editor for
Java" (see below), now also used in WebSphere Studio, can give this
functionality. However, what would be nice is if this could become
either a specialised plug-in for the existing release of Gel 0.39 or
if it could become an integrated tabbed "design view" window toolbox,
similar to Eclipse. I believe if you could do this, then I would not
have to keep constantly switching between both these IDE!
Is there anyone amongst you who could rise to this challenge for the
community? Surely, this is a simple request? In short, a plug-in add-
on, or have it entirely integrated into Gel 0.39, whereby as Visual
Editor updates are released so we can slot the new build into Gel?
*** Visual Editor for Java (http://www.eclipse.org/vep/) ***
The Visual Editor for Java is a code-centric editor that helps you
design applications containing a graphical user interface (GUI). It
is based on the JavaBeans component model and supports visual
construction using either the Abstract Window Toolkit (AWT) or Swing.
The Visual Editor for Java provides limited visual support for AWT
menus. The Visual Editor does provide visualization support for
JMenus. The Visual Editor is designed to work with .java source,
letting you edit the source and the design simultaneously. Therefore,
it does not have its own perspective. If you use the Visual Editor in
the Java perspective, any customization you have made to the position
of the Tasks view, the Console view and the Outline view are used by
the Visual Editor for Java as well as the Java Editor.