Java GUI development

Hi all,
    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.
anshumaEngineeringAsked:
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zzynxSoftware engineerCommented:
>> if you are not knowing the concepts of layout managers and other Swing controls its very hard to work on swings.
I **guess** that's your main problem with using the netBeans form editor too.

>> I want to learn about an IDE that gives me the flexibility of visual basic
Don't expect you will find any IDE flexible enough if you don't know the basic concepts of Swing's layout managers.
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expertmbCommented:
i have neither used nor tried
http://www.mars3000.com/index.html

i used JBuilder and found good. its my personal opinion, i have not tried other ides.
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Mayank SAssociate Director - Product EngineeringCommented:
Which version of Netbeans are you using?
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Daij-DjanCommented:
Why don't you just use swing and JBuilder designer (which is actually really good)
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zzynxSoftware engineerCommented:
>> 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.
Using the form editor? You don't mean it!
I use netBeans v3.6 and have no problems at all placing the controls where I want them.
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Mayank SAssociate Director - Product EngineeringCommented:
That's why I asked which version he's using. I thought it might be tougher in older versions :-)
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developer007Commented:
Hi,

 I think if you are looking for exacly VB kind of environment there is not one. But, I can suggest some of the good tips to learn it quickly. Install Eclipse 2.3.1 and install plug-ins for Swing AWT development and u will see an visual editor for developing the Swing application like VB. Its very fast and easy to use environment.

  By the way if you are not knowing the concepts of layout managers and other Swing controls its very hard to work on swings. So, first try to learn the Swings and then try to use above said.

 I hope this helps..still if u have any furthur doubts ask us.
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Daij-DjanCommented:
nib4j allows you to use Apple's IB
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jLasithaCommented:
I think you ahve to learn about java layout management.This is not like VB.And try to use note pad and dos command as a begin.
This will helpfull before using jbuilder.I think net beans just like sun one studio..isn't it?
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Mayank SAssociate Director - Product EngineeringCommented:
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zzynxSoftware engineerCommented:
Thanks
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