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I can hear you screaming: "Oh no, not ANOTHER drawing program !" Why not ? At the time I started I thought its good idea. Still think ist not bad idea. To do it really good means lot of work. This page should give you some ideas, what I did and were my intentions.
By creating new things there should be answers to two questions. What and how.
What to create. Drawing program. The original ideas were:
Later I joined to the requirements TDD, possibility to plug-in extentions, open source, ....
This initial thoughts resulted in few clear points. The programming language should be Java. Its system independent, has "write once, run everywhere" if you use standart libraries, has advanced drawing library, its for free, there is lot of open sources and IDE to use. For my development I picked up NetBeans and this was excelent choice. Sometimes because of plugins I use Eclipse, but I prefere NetBeans.