[Gtk-sharp-list] Manual layout in GtkSharp

Jeroen Zwartepoorte jeroen@xs4all.nl
Wed, 03 Nov 2004 19:45:30 +0100

On Tue, 2004-11-02 at 15:38 -0800, Herbert Sauro wrote:
> I think one of the reasons why Java
> GUI apps look so awful is because of the use of layout managers. 

This is plain crap/FUD. Java has some very powerful layout managers
which allow you to do almost anything you can with absolute positioning.
The only drawback is that without some sort of GUI editor like JBuilder
for example, it's pretty hard to use those layout managers "manually".
JBuilder for example has some excellent GUI tools for creating GUIs with
GridBagLayouts. I develop in Java using Swing for work and i frequently
use GridBagLayout which fills my needs 99.9% of the time.

The issue whether an app looks good or not, is more likely due to
whether a person follows a HIG to design the GUI. You can create some
pretty ugly GUIs using Gtk, SWF, whatever toolkit.