I have been a die hard microsoft fan and has therefore developed bad habbits (but efficient) using visual basic . Now I have to learn GUI development using Netbeans. I have been fiddling with netbeans but I see that a lot of time is wasted in placing the controls at the right locations. The use of panels has been such a pain. I want to learn about an IDE that gives me the flexibility of visual basic or else I want to learn from you guys rapid GUI development techniques. Please keep giving me suggestions.