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User interface design, dev.

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I have some questions for which I would be grateful for an answer or general opinion: 1) Which platform is better for user interface design and general development of windowed applications Java or Visual C#. 2) Which is considered to be easier and faster to develop with? 3) Which is more widely used currently in the job market? Any opinion matters.

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c# better client-side applications


How's that?

Swing is actually one of the most customizable UI toolkits there is - and it's also not too hard to customize it. All Java's built-in Look and Feels are utter, utter garbage, though, so you are forced to customize the Look and Feel if you want a professional looks for your application. It's possible to make Swing very pretty and fast if you know what you're doing.

http://www.mono-project.com/Gui_Toolkits

As I see it, there is no single, consistent GUI Toolkit for .NET that works on all platforms. Swing works out-of-the-box on Windows, MacOSX and Linux + it looks the same on all platforms (a very big plus). Also, with Java 6 coming soon, the performance is pretty much on par with native UI's.

C# is definitely better to develop Windows applications though, especially as it provides an easy access to various Windows services, bomb-proof looks out-of-the-box. And especially when Vista will be widespread, as it contains the .NET runtime.

If you're picking Java & Swing, make sure you also check out JDIC (Java Desktop Integration Components).

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2) Which is considered to be easier and faster to develop with?

Easier - Java. Development speed ain't so easy to answer to.

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3) Which is more widely used currently in the job market?

Java

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