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What is SwingWT?

SwingWT is a 100% pure Java library which aims to be a free implementation of Swing and AWT.

What is SwingWT?


SwingWT is a 100% pure Java library which aims to be a free implementation of Swing and AWT. Unlike Swing, it drives native peer widgets for your platform from SWT. You can see a screenshot of the basic SwingWT demo here (Linux/GTK2) and here (MacOSX).

A small list of projects I know about using SwingWT.

SwingWT offers many benefits:

  1. More responsive GUIs and faster startup times
  2. Less RAM usage for applications
  3. Many developers prefer the Swing API
  4. Existing Swing applications don't need to be recoded
  5. Mature Swing UI designers can be used
  6. Developers deploying to *nix/Win32 can compile natively with GCJ and the applications can be distributed without a VM. Linux distribution makers could package many existing Java/Swing applications that previously could not be distributed in workable state.
  7. SWT components can be directly accessed through the API, allowing mix and match (make Eclipse plugins with Swing!)
  8. All platform benefits such as font sub-pixel decimation for LCD monitors (unavailable in Swing)
  9. Use Swing on mobile devices!
  10. The best of both worlds! New Swing components for JClosableTabbedPane, JCoolBar, JTaskTrayItem..
  11. A FREE implementation of Swing you can redistribute and modify to suit your own requirements
  12. Insulation from changes to the SWT APIs
  13. Insulation from differences between SWT platforms

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Posted on: March 6, 2008

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