Category Archives: Eclipse GUI

Jigloo GUI Plugin for Eclipse

Developing graphical user interface in Java, can be in three ways. AWT, Swing and SWT.

Abstract Windows Toolkit (AWT) does not have fancy looks as compared to Swing but its advantage is that it can run at any place where Java runtime environment is installed. It is very stable technology.

Swing provides GUIs that have fancy and sophisticated look and feel. It is included in the Java Foundation Classes (JFC). These are said to be slow as the controls are made by the Java itself.

Standard Widget Toolkit (SWT) is an open source Java GUI toolkit comprised of a widget set and a graphics library. It provides GUIs having look and feel very similar to the native desktop applications. This is supposed to be faster as the controls are built by the native dlls.

Jigloo is an Eclipse plugin which can be used to design AWT, Swing and SWT GUIs quikly and efficiently. It is free for non commercial use.

First download the plug-in from here. Unzip it and move the folder “ plugins\com.cloudgarden.jigloo_3.9.5 ” to the plugins folder under Eclipse directory and move “ featues\com.cloudgarden.jigloo_3.9.5 ” to the features folder under Eclipse directory. Now simple open the Eclipse. Jigloo GUI plugin is read to use.

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Customize the palette of Visual Editor

The Visual Editor has a palette from which the user can choose frequently used widgets. This article is a deep dive into the internals of the Visual Editor framework to show how to extend its capabilities. Visual Editor lets you create your own custom controls. This article shows the way to create a new palette category with a custom built widget DateField.

Customize the palatte of Visual Editor(Pic1) There are two ways to drag custom built widget to your view:

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