Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th Apr 2006 17:43 UTC, submitted by Sekou DIAKITE
KDE The KDE Look and Feel Project is a GPL-licenced Swing pluggable look and feel which uses Qt and KDE for the drawing of widgets. KDE Look and Feel implements most of the Java Look and Feel API including dialogs (ColorChooser, FileChooser, etc.).
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Successful
by snowflake on Tue 11th Apr 2006 23:49 UTC
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Member since:
2005-07-20

>Swing's performance and aesthetics are debatable (I
>personally am not a fan). However, Swing has one of the
>best technical designs of any toolkit.

And that is why it is so widely used and enourmously successful on the desktop.

How many times do we have to hear how superior SWING is for GUI apps when the reality is clearly the opposite?

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RE: Successful
by tmack on Wed 12th Apr 2006 00:01 in reply to "Successful"
tmack Member since:
2006-04-11

Are you daft? (That was rhetorical, as anyone can plainly see the answer from your comment)

Like I said, Swing's performance and aesthetics are debatable.

It's design from a programmer's standpoint is superb. It is very cleanly designed and implemented.

Swing hasn't exploded on the desktop, but not because it's development framework is poor. It used to be slow, and currently still looks "not quite right."

However, it has not had any real competition in the Java space since it's inception until now. Once SWT started becoming popular, Sun has really put resources into making Swing work.

I just wish Sun would open source this stuff so real progress could be made.

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RE: Successful
by Simba on Wed 12th Apr 2006 00:14 in reply to "Successful"
Simba Member since:
2005-10-08

> How many times do we have to hear how superior SWING
> is for GUI apps when the reality is clearly
> the opposite?

Except the reality is NOT the opposite. Swing is one of the most powerful GUI toolkits ever created.

> And that is why it is so widely used and
> enourmously successful on the desktop.

Swing has actually been quite successful for internal applications, and on many new "non general purpose" applications. There is a lot of scientific and engineering software written with Swing that is being used inside various corporations. In addition, a lot of internal GUI database front ends and such in corporations use Swing.

And of course, on the desktop, there are some pretty successful Swing apps out there. ThinkFree Office and Limewire probably being the best known examples.

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