Continuing with this personal project of mine.
Tried to look into other alternatives for a desktop multi-platform application. In a very distant past I developed a bit in Java – so the first thing I wanted to see is the old good Swing. There was also a GUI builder in Netbeans IDE as I remembered – for sure this was updated since then, right? Having a visual GUI builder could be nice, it speeds up development quite a lot, no?
By “then” I mean early 2000’s, so roughly 20 years ago! (Time flies…)
And so, I’ve downloaded the latest version of now-Apache Netbeans 12.1 and fired a sample project called “GuiFormExamples”…
What can I say… this looks exactly like what should’ve been a new modern app built in 2001 for Windows XP 😁
Well, this doesn’t look very inspiring to me – some searching suggests that there are ways to squeeze more modern look and feel from Swing components, but I don’t know if it makes sense for me to invest more time in that. The attractive part of Electron was that it’s built on the web technologies that are useful anyway for a foreseeable future, because most of the application development is happening for the web anyway and I would like to refresh my knowledge of web development that’s starting to be a bit dated with me doing mostly infrastructure these days.
It looks like his project is going to be a classic case of “Yak Shaving” where I would need to go deeper yet, every time I need to advance. So far, to master Electron I’ll need to be at least half-knowledgeable in at least one web framework.
News to follow, stay tuned and as always:
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