<Swing Dev> JFileChooser

Carl Antaki carlantaki at gmail.com
Wed Sep 5 23:14:26 UTC 2007

Hi Clemens,

I am not talking about Look and feels it's all about usability. Every
function should be available by more than one mean: by using the keyboard
shortcut, the menu or the context menu for Cut, Copy, Paste. Windows, Mac OS
X, KDE and Gnome all provide context menus and we all know these platforms
represent 99% of all desktops. I still don't understand why we do not have
such basic features available in Java. I was working on a Swing rich client
app but for the time being I'm going to work on a Web project. All I want is
for the benefit of the Swing developer.

Best Regards
Carl Antaki
On 9/5/07, Clemens Eisserer <linuxhippy at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Carl,
> > I asked for that because I hate to say to the client
> > that I cannot do that in a certain time because Java does not
> > provide that, what impression will it give him? Another example is
> > also that date picker.
> > I know there's the date picker but it should be standard. If we want
> > Swing to rock, the Swing team has to put the right time and effort to
> > make Swing a first class citizen rich client development platform.
> As I said if you would like to have it resolved in a fixed timeframe
> you can simply take the source and do it yourself and as far as I know
> there are very experienced companies implementing such fixes.
> If you need it and don't know howto do it, there's a guy called
> leo_user which maybe does it for money. (I hope he does not dislike
> that I point you to him).
> Well this is the old discussion about how important native look&feels
> are. In my opinion (just taken from the experience with my customers
> which are typically average users across all jobs) native lnf is not
> important as long as the application looks good. The Steel-Theme of
> metal was problematic - however some users already said they like
> Ocean because it looks "fresh". And sometimes I use custom LnF's - but
> most really don't care. I would say 95% don't care at all.
> So from my point-of-view native LnF is not important at all, almost
> not at all. I never deployed an app with native LnF enabled by
> default.
> So you have the following options:
> - Implement your own filechooser (only helps you, maybe a lot of work)
> - Hack the existing one and submit patches (helps everybody) or keep
> changes to your app (but you've to open the sourcecode you modified
> because its GPL with classpath exception)
> - Pay sombody to fix it.
> lg Clemens
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