In this short Flash demo, the narrator (watch out Roman, you have competition!) shows GridLayout support in the soon-to-be-released 1.1 version of Eclipse Visual Editor. This layout is nice, but its limitations are well known – no component overlap, normalized component sizes, insensitiveness to preferred sizes, etc. It just does not make the cut for form-based layouts.
Yes, I realize, that I’m looking at a “framework for creating GUI builders for Eclipse”, but even if you add the Foam GUI builder to the plate, it’s not open source and not free as what NetBeans will provide in its 4.2 version later this year with Matisse. I guess this is another illustration of the “batteries included” approach of NetBeans – there’s just a lot of features in the core product. I find it better, some will find this to be “different”.
For those that still haven’t seen the Matisse demo, it’s here and it’s available today in development builds.
Anyhow, everyone has still a lot more work to do, and it’s very nice seeing references made to NetBeans innovation. Competition is a good thing.