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Newbie-No gui tools/palette [message #753501] Thu, 27 October 2011 13:52 Go to next message
Pete  is currently offline Pete Friend
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Registered: October 2011
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Long time (3+ years) developer for the dark side (vs2005) and now want to try white magic.

Downloaded and ran indigo on my win7 machine but unsure how to get GUI tools and plugins to work. I've installed several plugins, (google's gwt and swt) but I don't see pushbuttons, etc nor a 'form' to mount them on. When I googled, I don't see plug-in project as a project type. What am I doing wrong?

I did manage to compile and run the swt sample that generated a window with "hello world" as a title.

Also, since I'm a database, client-server developer, what is a good library (or api or whatever) to use to access SqlServer or Oracle?
Re: Newbie-No gui tools/palette [message #753538 is a reply to message #753501] Thu, 27 October 2011 15:24 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Russell Bateman is currently offline Russell BatemanFriend
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On 27-Oct-11 07:52, Pete wrote:
> Long time (3+ years) developer for the dark side (vs2005) and now want
> to try white magic.
> Downloaded and ran indigo on my win7 machine but unsure how to get GUI
> tools and plugins to work. I've installed several plugins, (google's gwt
> and swt) but I don't see pushbuttons, etc nor a 'form' to mount them on.
> When I googled, I don't see plug-in project as a project type. What am I
> doing wrong?
> I did manage to compile and run the swt sample that generated a window
> with "hello world" as a title.
>
> Also, since I'm a database, client-server developer, what is a good
> library (or api or whatever) to use to access SqlServer or Oracle?

For the second question, there's (from primitive to sophisticated) JDBC,
JPA, Hibernate, Spring w/Hibernate.

Coding in JDBC will mean mostly separate statements depending on
database targetted while at the other end, most statements will work for
both MS SQL and Oracle.
Re: Newbie-No gui tools/palette [message #754811 is a reply to message #753501] Fri, 04 November 2011 13:03 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Eric Rizzo is currently offline Eric RizzoFriend
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Registered: July 2009
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On 10/27/11 9:52 AM, Pete wrote:
> Long time (3+ years) developer for the dark side (vs2005) and now want
> to try white magic.
> Downloaded and ran indigo on my win7 machine but unsure how to get GUI
> tools and plugins to work. I've installed several plugins, (google's gwt
> and swt) but I don't see pushbuttons, etc nor a 'form' to mount them on.
> When I googled, I don't see plug-in project as a project type. What am I
> doing wrong?
> I did manage to compile and run the swt sample that generated a window
> with "hello world" as a title.

What package of Eclipse did you download? The "Eclipse IDE for Java
Developers" package inlcudes the WindowBuilder features, which I think
is what you're looking for. OF course, it can be added to any
installation of Eclipse using the Help > Install new software... dialog
(which it sounds like you may have already discovered).
Learn all about WindowBuilder here: http://www.eclipse.org/windowbuilder/

Eric
Re: Newbie-No gui tools/palette [message #754815 is a reply to message #754811] Fri, 04 November 2011 13:16 Go to previous message
Pete  is currently offline Pete Friend
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Registered: October 2011
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I'm not sure if I loaded the wrong libraries, but I deleted the folder and unzipped again. Got into windowbuilder and VOILA! I have gui tools.

Even got it to connect to my Sql Server db but have yet to figure out how to return a value into a control.
This doesn't seem to work:
con = DriverManager.getConnection(connectionUrl);
String SQL = "select name from COMPANY where CO_NBR=53;";
stmt = con.createStatement();
rs = stmt.executeQuery(SQL);
tbValue.setText( rs.getString(0) );

tbValue is a javax.swing.JTextField
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