Rich Internet Applications and Java

Mauro Carniel

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The Java development platform always provides limited support for application development based on a graphical user interface, an area where more traditional languages and integrated development environments (IDEs) such as Visual Basic or Delphi have based their success. Today the Java SE distribution offers essentially the same features it offered in 1999 with regards to Java graphical components: the Swing toolkit. Swing provides graphical components like grids, trees, text fields, checkbox, radio button, combo-box and others. Anyway these components have changed little and not been improved in latest releases of Java. All in all Swing greatly lacks some key aspects: • Input fields are too simple. They can't be compared with the advanced graphical components available in other languages. They don't support common properties like text trim, padding, text lengt... (more)

Developing Rich Client Applications Using Swing - II

In Part 1 of this article, I introduced rich client development, available architectures for developing rich client applications based on the Swing toolkit, and technologies that could be used to make development more productive. In this second part, I'll compare the most popular IDEs and evaluate them with an eye to Swing development for rich client applications. Swing-based Rich Clients: Support for Java IDEs There are many development environments available for the Java platform, each of them provides all sorts of features that can be applied in developing various kinds of Jav... (more)

Developing Rich Client Applications Using Swing

Before describing solutions available for rich client application development, it would be a good idea to explain what exactly a rich client application is and which rich client topologies can feasibly be built using the Java platform. In the main, a rich client is a part of a software system that contains a user interface (UI) and whose front end is "rich," i.e., the user interface has rich graphical content and is highly interactive; a rich client application is also called a desktop application, since it provides content and functionalities that are usually provided by applic... (more)

An Open Source Development Platform for the Enterprise

4WS.Platform is an open source product that can be used to graphically create web applications, starting from a web designer through which it is possible to define both the business logic and the graphical user interface. The target of this platform is the creation of enterprise applications having a small-to-middle complexity level. This goal can be accomplished through the combination of rapid development techniques based on a rich user interface and the chance to embed custom code when needed. In this way there is no limit in the requirements of the application to realize. ... (more)