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Re: GuiKit, seeking some guidance and comments

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  • Subject: [mg99797] Re: GuiKit, seeking some guidance and comments
  • From: David Bailey <dave at removedbailey.co.uk>
  • Date: Fri, 15 May 2009 04:15:43 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <gue2md$7nv$1@smc.vnet.net>

meitnik wrote:
> Hi,
> 
> I am considering porting my palette to GuiKit in a few months. Hey, I
> need to enjoy using my palette for awhile doing math right. ;-)
>  What do you long time users of Mathematica think of GuiKit? What is
> its strengths and weakness, is it worth mastering as preparing for the
> future of Mathematica? How is the best way to learn GuiKit, what are
> the best examples of GuiKit to be studied? How polished and stable is
> GuiKit?
> 
> Thanks,
> Andrew
> 
IMHO, GuiKit sufferes from insufficient documentation, and its design 
seems overly complicated, and to require that the user also knows a fair 
bit of Java. When I last tried to use it, it also contained some 
irritating bugs.

I wrote my Super Widget Package (SWP) (free from my website) as a 
hopefully better alternative - so if you want a Java GUI, I think you 
should at least try that first. I used to base my SWP on GuiKit, but 
more recently, I reorganised it to work directly with J/Link, 
substantial quantities of compiled Java code.

David Bailey
http://www.dbaileyconsultancy.co.uk


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