developerWorks: Plug a Swing-based Development Tool into Eclipse
Oct 19, 2002, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The Eclipse Platform provides a robust set of services and APIs
for tool development. It smoothes the integration between tools
from disparate vendors, creating a seamless environment for
different types of development work.
"One of the software components of the Eclipse Platform is SWT.
Although not a core component set of the Platform, SWT is integral
because it provides a set of Java-based GUI widgets to the product
and plug-in developers. SWT is operating system independent and
very portable, yet its underlying JNI interface delivers native
Platform look-and-feel and performance.
"Overall, SWT provides a good solution for developers and tool
vendors who want to write plug-ins that operate well in the
Platform's various frameworks and that are visually appealing.
However, SWT suffers from its rather low level of interoperability
with Java's Swing GUI widgets. For instance, Swing and SWT employ
completely different event handling mechanisms. This difference
often makes a GUI that is a hybrid of Swing and SWT