Wednesday, February 25, 2004 10:34 AM
is a very nice (and better yet: free!) IDE. Unfortunately the last time I used it, it didn't appear to have any type of visual builder for Swing. I may not have dug deeply enough. You have to do all the form layout yourself. Luckily, if you build a few framework tools, this doesn't add as much time as I had feared.
The eclipse project is very extensive. I only used it for a few weeks, but I was exceptionally impressed with it.
Borland's JBuilder is very nice. Unfortunately, the price tag is prohibitive unless you can get your employer to pay for it. Even then, the price tag is painful enough that cash-conscious employers will need some justification.