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Generate and view /edit Swing GUI source code in UI Designer, IntelliJ Idea IDE

Posted on 2012-04-07
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I just decided to switch to IntelliJ Idea from oracle JDeveloper, because JDeveloper had a
tendency to run out of memory with larger Java programs and crash my computer. IntelliJ idea has a better reputation, used by large companies.

I was going to do my first from-scratch GUI application with intelliJ Idea UI Designer,  and to my shock, as default the form is not saved into Java code, it is saved into some XML file.
Upon compiling the program will create the appropriate byte code from the XML file.
So the Swing GUI Java format code is essentially hidden from the user / not used in creating the class file.

I have no doubt about that it works, but I want to see a regular Swing code listing to the form, that is viewable / editable, to have full control of the structure of my program, including GUI. I am quite used to Swing code, I don't need to be 'rescued' from it.

Luckily I found a note in the documentation:

"There is also an option to generate Java source code instead of using the byte-code instrumentation approach. "

I just cannot find HOW this can be done.

Can you help me with how to switch to Java code instead of XML-based form files?
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This page will tell you how todo all that :)

http://www.formdev.com/jformdesigner/doc/ides/intellij-idea/

Good luck!
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Thank you.
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