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Graphic Java 2, Volume 2, Swing (3rd Edition) Paperback – Mar 12 1999

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  • Paperback: 1600 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 3 edition (March 12 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130796670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130796677
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 8.6 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,713,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you're developing software that will be used by a large group of people, you need to give it a good-looking front-end--in Java 2, that means you have to use Swing. An excellent resource, Graphic Java 2: Mastering the JFC, Third Edition (Volume 2: Swing) takes on the Swing components one at a time and shows you how to incorporate them into attractive, efficient programs.

In many ways, Graphic Java 2 is a cookbook. You search the table of contents or index for a reference to the kind of problem you want to solve, then examine the author's examples for the solution (or at least some clues to it). This is the book to turn to if you're wondering how to implement the JComboBox.KeySelectionManager interface (which enables users to select items in a combo box) or compare the various ways of making the JTree component into a file browser. Those are just two of hundreds of examples in David Geary's book.

While most examples don't serve any practical purpose by themselves, they do clearly illustrate how a specific aspect of Swing works. It's easy to adapt the details presented here into your own programs. Geary shows consideration for the reader by presenting all his examples as programs that can be compiled and including them on the enclosed CD-ROM. --David Wall


"At over 1500 pages, Graphic Java 2 is a monolith, heavy with details and weighted with valuable information for all Java UI developers. The coverage is meticulous and fluid, instructive in countless ways, unveiling things you won't find anywhere else. Yet it remains accessible to even a novice Swing developer. The net effect is that the price tag seems trivial given the value you can get from this book...

The coverage is not just impressive in its sheer volume; it's also an easy read with clear, concise explanations and useful examples...

All the fundamentals--in eloquent prose and incredible detail--are laid out before the reader in logical chapters that build on each other to unveil the most complete picture I've seen in print. I can hardly wait to read Volume III." -- DevX Book Reviews, July 29, 1999

"Thinking about making that jump from the AWT to Swing? Not sure where to start or how to go about it? Your search stops with David Geary's Graphic Java 2: Mastering the JFC...

Part 2 covers all the Swing components and their properties in detail; each component allocated a chapter. Two of the most complex components--Table and Tree--are covered in great detail and Chapters 19 and 20, respectively. These two chapters alone are worth the price of the book for serious Swing developers...

All in all, Geary has done such a thorough job in Graphic Java 2 that it can truly be considered the Swing bible. Don't let the size of the book intimidate you, it provides a top-level view as well as microscopic details on all Swing components. It will definitely prove to be an asset in the Swing developer's arsenal." -- Dr. Dobbs Journal, September, 1999

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