Okay, so I've been given an assignment in university, where we need to actually develop and design our own GUI with our Java applications. However, our lecturer hasn't shown us any possible solutions, I mean I would suggest using HTML, as I have a tiny bit of web development experience. But I'm aware that browsers are going to or already have stopped supporting Java all together, so considering that, I won't be using HTML & CSS as a solution to my GUI.
I know that there are some classes that you can just call in Java, IF I'm not mistaken, however I'm also pretty sure that in order to use these built in classes you need to import them into your own class(es). Can you guys recommend the easiest solution for implementing a GUI into my Java application? I'm currently using a command line interface just to make sure that it really does work on the back-end. Which so far with my implementation, it works just fine, I experience no bugs at all as of yet.
I mean it would be nice to implement a GUI in a simple fashion, if possible, I mean I don't need anything fancy or anything really advanced, I was just going to go with a simplistic design anyway, just because of personal preference. Like with websites, I love simplicity, I know it's an extreme, but that's a part of the reason why I love http://bettermotherfuckingwebsite.com/ it doesn't get more simplistic. Other than http://motherfuckingwebsite.com/ of course, but the original is a bit too bland for my personal liking, although it does raise some good points.
I see that Eclipse and Netbeans have some nice tools for building a GUI, but how easy are they to use and are there any easier solutions?