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RE: [platform-swt-dev] SWT on top of swing?

Here is the link:

http://www.cbronline.com/cbrnews/b096965887e6c9a380256d940018c964

James Gu


-----Original Message-----
From: Bob Foster [mailto:bob@xxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Monday, September 08, 2003 4:50 PM
To: platform-swt-dev@xxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [platform-swt-dev] SWT on top of swing?

Where did you read this news?

Bob Foster

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "GU,JAMES (HP-Corvallis,ex1)" <james.gu@xxxxxx>
To: <platform-swt-dev@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, September 08, 2003 11:40 AM
Subject: RE: [platform-swt-dev] SWT on top of swing?


> Actually I read this news that there will be a major restructuring in
> Eclipse organization coming soon. One of the big issues is the SWT vs.
Swing
> question. Does someone have more details about the future of SWT than in
the
> Eclipse news release?
>
> James Gu
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Michael Scharf [mailto:Michael-Scharf@xxxxxx]
> Sent: Monday, September 08, 2003 9:32 AM
> To: platform-swt-dev@xxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [platform-swt-dev] SWT on top of swing?
>
> Hi,
>
> Would it make sense to build a SWT on the "swing platform"?
> What are the reasons not to try to port SWT to swing?
>
> I have asked this question about 2 years ago.
>    http://dev.eclipse.org/newslists/news.eclipse.tools/msg03472.html]
>
> I want to restate the question, because swing became faster
> with the newest jdk and there are so many questions and
> requests for SWT-swing interoperability. And it seems
> quite difficult to get a SWT-swing interoperability to
> run on all platforms.
>
> I know that this would undermine the basic SWT design,
>    http://eclipse.org/articles/Article-SWT-Design-1/SWT-Design-1.html
> but I beleive that the widgets and the model provided
> by SWT are valuable even if the implementation below
> is swing (because I think the abstractions that SWT
> provides are better than the swing abstractions).
>
> Under the pressure of SWT, swing has become better
> and more native looking with version 1.4.2. However
> the SWT versus swing devides the java world...
>
> There is an explosion in complexity when adding new
> widgets to SWT (or to enhancing the behavior of existing
> widgets), because this has to be ported to all supported
> platforms.
>
> For example: a scalable (virtual) table is not easy
> to build because this requires knowledge in all
> supported native toolkits.
>    https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=15054
>    https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=36226
>
> The nice concept of SWT becomes a nightmare the more
> native platforms are supported. And without an extensive
> hardware and software setup it is not possible to even add
> or modify the simplest widget in a way that works on all
> supported platforms.....
>
> I know that emulation versus native is a religious
> question and I don't want to start a debate on this.
> But sticking with the "native" model: why not using
> swing as "native" platform?
>
> Like on windows where Active-X components can be
> used, on the "swing-platform" swing components
> could be used....
>
>
> Michael
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