I am relatively new to Java. I worked in C++/MFC for 7 years before moving to Java. I also have some experience in VB.
I have been working in java for two years now. I keep avoiding becoming an expert on swing hoping against hope somebody will provide a tool for Java like Microsoft provides for windows programming. A simplified model that does most of the grunt work for you in Designing the UI and the code connected to it. With little or no knowledge of the underpinnings unless you need to do something advanced.
That is what I hoped the UI Designer was all about.
BUT from the documentation for the UI Designer -So all we have is a tool that helps with the layout not a true GUI framework. I still have to be a swing expert.
Oh did I mention I hate swing? It's to hard to use and doesn't present a clear simple way to do simple things.