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Minimalist GUI, do I need to add anything to Eclipse IDE? [message #762237] Wed, 07 December 2011 13:47 Go to next message
toplite is currently offline toplite
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Registered: December 2011
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I'm new to Java and Eclipse. I've just downloaded Eclipse Indigo to use with OSX Lion.

The app I'd like to create will have a very minimalist GUI. I need a black fullscreen (no menubar, scrolling, resizing, just a black screen). Within this space I need to dynamically create and arrange clickable buttons that are simply colored rectangles with text labels inside them. I will also need text input boxes that are as basic as a form field in html.

I don't need anything fancier, nor do I need a graphical layout builder. I'd prefer to do it all with code, with the most lightweight (as in CPU usage) method possible.

Does Eclipse come with what I need out of the box? Or do I need one of these Swing/AWT/SWT addons? Thanks for your help.
Re: Minimalist GUI, do I need to add anything to Eclipse IDE? [message #762243 is a reply to message #762237] Wed, 07 December 2011 13:50 Go to previous message
Russell Bateman is currently offline Russell Bateman
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Location: Provo, Utah, USA
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On 07-Dec-11 11:47, toplite wrote:
> I'm new to Java and Eclipse. I've just downloaded Eclipse Indigo to use
> with OSX Lion.
>
> The app I'd like to create will have a very minimalist GUI. I need a
> black fullscreen (no menubar, scrolling, resizing, just a black screen).
> Within this space I need to dynamically create and arrange clickable
> buttons that are simply colored rectangles with text labels inside them.
> I will also need text input boxes that are as basic as a form field in
> html.
>
> I don't need anything fancier, nor do I need a graphical layout builder.
> I'd prefer to do it all with code, with the most lightweight (as in CPU
> usage) method possible.
>
> Does Eclipse come with what I need out of the box? Or do I need one of
> these Swing/AWT/SWT addons? Thanks for your help.

Assuming you are talking about a host-resident, stand-alone Java program
rather than a web application or something running on, say, Android,
then yes, you'll nee to look into a GUI framework such as what you noted.
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