A man will die, but not his ideas.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Love the GUI, hate the GUI

I've always been fascinated by Java's look and feels. And I think the developers of both AWT and Swing did a wonderful job in making the GUI of Java applications look simple but highly attractive. I've been working on a small intelligent mobile agent application lately. And while attempting to create a GUI for the agent, I faced many difficulities in laying out the components on the form.

I guess what made things really difficult is that I was trying to lay the components on the form from A to Z by coding. It is really a frustrating task but I had no other choice since my 450 MHz Pentium III won't be able to handle any of the available IDEs that have a GUI editor. But I think this would give me a tighter grasp on building GUIs in Java.

One really annoying issue is having some component appear behind others (see image). Hopefully I'd be able to solve this soon. Because I know more difficulities will arise when I start developing the agent itself.

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