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Thread: How to make a COMPLETELY UNIQUE Java GUI?

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    Default How to make a COMPLETELY UNIQUE Java GUI?

    Would JavaFX be what to use for this? If not what would? I want a completely unique GUI with unique buttons, like I could make it a giraffe if I wanted to! (not going to, but a giraffe seemed like a pretty irregular shape)


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    Default Re: How to make a COMPLETELY UNIQUE Java GUI?

    The flexibility to do what you describe exists in both the Swing and JavaFX libraries. In some ways, JavaFX is more up-to-date and consistent with today's graphical programming techniques, but it's new, still developing, and not (yet) well documented. On the other hand, Swing has been around a long time, is as mature as it's going to get (even a bit stale), and there is a wealth of information available to guide you through accomplishing most anything you'd want to do with it. Both are complex and will take some time to learn; more time to become a confident and proficient user.

    The decision is yours.

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    Default Re: How to make a COMPLETELY UNIQUE Java GUI?

    Thank you! Can you help point me in a good direction? I know some basic Swing, but I have been looking all over the internet for help for days and only found how to make plain Windows looking GUIs! I found a book that teaches JavaFX in depth but I don't have 60-70$ to spend!

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    Default Re: How to make a COMPLETELY UNIQUE Java GUI?

    Whichever approach you choose, it's important to build on a solid foundation of the basics. Just as with any learned skill, there are no shortcuts. The Java Swing Tutorials are a great place to start. Ignore Oracle's suggestions to use NetBean's GUIBuilder and learn to code Swing by hand. Use NetBeans if you'd like, just not the GUIBuilder.

    JavaFX tutorials are building from practically nothing, but you can find several good intros online.

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