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Since Java's explosion into the marketplace, we've seen a flood of development tools, wizards and environments. The heavy hitters in this area seem to be Symantec and Microsoft, with Café taking the visual approach to development and Microsoft's Visual J++ continuing Microsoft's terrifically successful line of Development Studio products. Most of us have seen either or both of these products and might be wondering, "Is there nothing more?" Actually, there are quite a few Java IDE Davids rising up to meet these Goliaths. In particular, due to the Internet-oriented nature of Java, there is a growing genre of IDEs known as Multimedia Development Environments. These MDEs take the Visual Basic approach to development, seeking to abstract the actual Java code to a drag and drop level. In a code-oriented environment, writing a simple applet to display a slide show can tak... (more)