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VisualStudio User Tries Matisse

When I first tried out the NetBeans GUI Builder Matisse, I was as skeptical as I would be with any Java GUI builder. They never turn out to be exactly what you’d expect; even IDEA’s designer, simplifying GridBagLayout to just a few clicks and properties, doesn’t have the same feel as Visual Studio 2005.

Whatever my feelings were before trying Matisse, I was surprised after using it: Not only did Matisse do everything I expected a GUI editor to do, it even offered new features that really made me raise an eyebrow wondering, “Why did no one else think of this before?”

In this article I will present the features I enjoyed best in Matisse, and then suggest a few features I would like to see in future releases.

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