Is there a tool or framework to Generate a CRUD UI in Swing?

Question!

I am looking for a tool/framework to (automatically) generate a Swing user interface to perform CRUD operations on an underlying database.

I would also like to configure the database fields that should be exposed. Something like django (via modelforms) or ruby on rails features, but in a Java desktop environment.



Answers

Have a look at tools like:

MetaWidget http://www.metawidget.org/

Apache Isis

They generate UI's "on-the-fly" but allow you to customise the UI when necessary.

Much better than code generation.



NetBeans does seem like an obvious answer. These guys make a NetBeans plugin that does just that: http://www.morelisland.com/java_services/netbeans_tutorial/midbmetadata_se.htm

I've heard jgoodies does something similar: http://www.jgoodies.com/products/index.html

And more specifically their sub-project, Binding: https://binding.dev.java.net/

I know less about the SwingLabs databinding project, but it looks worth looking into: https://databinding.dev.java.net/



I'm using Netbeans (latest). I guess it's far from Django (haven't tried it, but as far as I understand it is kind of rails/symfony-like,) but it does reverse engineer the database and give you a basic application including a master/detail view.

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