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    Default Minimalist GUI, do I need to add anything to Eclipse IDE?

    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.

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    Default Re: Minimalist GUI, do I need to add anything to Eclipse IDE?

    If you want to do it all with code, then you don't even need eclipse. Swing is a part of the standard JDK/JVM, so it's not an addon. If you're talking about a gui builder, then my advice is to stay away from them anyway.

    But using a layout manager is going to be much simpler than arranging everything yourself.
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    Default Re: Minimalist GUI, do I need to add anything to Eclipse IDE?

    Nevermind, guess I'm wasting my time here. Crossposted: Minimalist GUI, do I need to add anything to Eclipse IDE?
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    Default Re: Minimalist GUI, do I need to add anything to Eclipse IDE?

    First, thanks for your help. It's the best answer I got from all the replies so far. I crossposted across multiple Java/Eclipse websites. Not everybody who can help is registered across multiple forums and checks them serially like you (although its the people like you who contribute most to online learning and make the world grow). I do this all the time, sometimes it annoys people. Don't blame me, blame an internet full of decentralized and redundant information driven by a naturally capitalist society in which everybody wants to get an ad in front of your face to make a buck. I'm as frustrated as you are, but don't worry - the collection of all the world's data into a single open-source system with no owners is going to hit gorgeously and inevitably like a ton of bricks. Then we can stop wasting most of our time trudging through interfaces everyday and worry about basic species survival, happiness, evolution, and reaching the stars!! And most of all - Thank YOU.

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    Default Re: Minimalist GUI, do I need to add anything to Eclipse IDE?

    I understand why you do it, but it's incredibly self-centered. The least you could do is provide links between all the places you've posted the question. That way people who might want to help you know what you've already been told. We have hundreds of posts to answer. Why should we waste our time answering questions that have already been answered somewhere else, or repeating advice that you've already received? Simply saying "fyi, I also posted this question here..." would go a long way to alleviating the rudeness of crossposting. As it is, I won't be wasting my time helping you again. Sorry.
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    Default Re: Minimalist GUI, do I need to add anything to Eclipse IDE?

    You're right, that's a great solution which I've never been offered before or thought of. That way people can check and see if the answer has already been given.

    As far as your line about no longer wasting your time helping me, well we all have our ways of being rude don't we.

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    Default Re: Minimalist GUI, do I need to add anything to Eclipse IDE?

    Quote Originally Posted by cowboytaketwo View Post
    As far as your line about no longer wasting your time helping me, well we all have our ways of being rude don't we.
    I'm not trying to be rude. But the simple truth is that there are dozens or hundreds of posts to reply to every day, and we're all doing this in our spare time, for free. So it makes absolutely no sense to waste time helping somebody who fully admits to crossposting across as many sites as possible. Much luck, but I'm going to focus my attention elsewhere. That's all.
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