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Java Swing is an excellent introduction to the latest developments in Java-interface technology. The authors explain how (and why) to use Swing components, and meanwhile proceed to document the entire Swing API with the thoroughness and accuracy programmers have come to expect from O'Reilly & Associates.
Eckstein, Loy, and Wood start with an architectural overview of Swing and its relationship to the Abstract Window Toolkit (AWT) and the rest of Java. They talk a little bit about converting programs from the old AWT to the Swing-enhanced AWT, and explain how Swing manages components' "look and feel" characteristics. There's also coverage of actions, which are among Swing's handiest new features.
From that point, they proceed to guide readers through the Swing forest, pointing out all the important stuff along the way. Mostly, this tour takes the form of graphical user interface (GUI) component documentation, with chapters devoted to buttons, lists, tables, panes, and the other thingamajigs you can put on-screen with Swing. All the classes in each category get entries, many of which include good commentary and some examples. The authors give some attention to the Accessibility API and its associated utilities, too.
A detailed chapter that walks the reader through the process of creating a custom look and feel distinguishes Java Swing from its competitors--this potentially confusing process is explained clearly and thoroughly. --David Wall --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The Swing classes eliminate Java's biggest weakness: its relatively primitive user interface toolkit. Java Swing helps you to take full advantage of the Swing classes, providing detailed descriptions of every class and interface in the key Swing packages. It shows you how to use all of the new components, allowing you to build state-of-the-art user interfaces and giving you the context you need to understand what you're doing. It's more than documentation; Java Swing helps you develop code quickly and effectively. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
I bought this book hoping for in-depth coverage of some of the more complicated aspects of Swing. Unfortunately, most of the book is just re-wording the javadoc for each class,... Read morePublished on March 30 2004
I really enjoyed this book. The authors really cover all the areas of SWING - JAVA 1.4. If you are new to JAVA, you might to buy a JAVA primer. Read morePublished on Aug. 1 2003 by Michael Pucciarelli
The Java Swing 2nd Edition O'Reilly book is a very good resource for learning and using Java Swing. The book covers the important and commonly used aspects of Swing without... Read morePublished on March 24 2003 by Steve Spigarelli
This elaborated textbook showed a promising improvement over the previous edition. It is stuffed with the latest guides for creating GUIs. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2003 by reviewer
There is NO better book on Swing than Java Swing. Start here and end here, it is the best book for any serious Swing developer. Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2002 by Mikey D
When this book came out it was poorly written. Today, it is both poorly written and out of date. Many examples do not work without changes, either due to poor editing or due to... Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2002
For visual programming, Swing is a vast improvement over the AWT. Using Swing you can create virtually any user interface. Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2002 by Thomas Paul
This book have too many simple descriptions about swing APIs, so it more like a manual than a book on swing. Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2002 by J. Chen