SEBASTOPOL, CA--Swing, the centerpiece of the JFC
(Java Foundation Classes), eliminates Java's biggest weakness:
its relatively primitive user interface toolkit. Swing provides
many new components and containers that allow you to
build sophisticated user interfaces easily. Old components
have been improved, and components such as internal frames,
trees, tables, and text editors have been added. This all adds
up to a more uniform cross-platform behavior-bringing the
goal of "write once, run anywhere" closer to reality.
The downside: there is a lot to learn. Swing is undoubtedly way
ahead of AWT, but it's also much more complicated. It's still easy
to do simple things, but once you've seen what's possible, you won't
want to restrict yourself to doing the simple things.
O'Reilly's newest release,
Java Swing, gives
you in-depth coverage
of everything you need to know to take full advantage of the Swing
classes. "With the flexibility of the MVC architecture and the pluggable
look and feel, you can build highly customized versions of these
things without a lot of programming effort," says co-author Marc Loy,
"That's one of the things we emphasize in the book-getting the most
bang for your programming buck. With a bit of customization, you can
turn out a professional looking application in an incredibly short amount
According to co-author Dave Wood, Swing "represents a whole new
way of looking at Java UI development. In the past, developers had to
operate with one hand tied behind their backs; a result of Java's
least-common-denominator UI toolkit, AWT."
"Perhaps the most important thing Swing gives you is a well-known,
ubiquitous platform. In the very near future, anywhere Java is found,
Swing will be found as well. This is not true of any other UI
development tools, because no other toolset is part of Java core.
To fully answer the question 'What is Swing?'", says Wood, "you'd
have to write a book. We've done just that." And a hefty book at
that-weighing in at 1256 pages and 3 1/3 lbs., Java Swing is the
largest book published by O'Reilly to date.
About the Authors
Robert Eckstein holds bachelor's degrees in computer science
and communications from Trinity University. In the past, he
has worked for the USAA insurance company and more recently
spent four years with Motorola's cellular software division. He is
currently working on a book about Java Commerce for O'Reilly, and
in his spare time he is known to provide online coverage for popular
conferences. He also writes articles for JavaWorld Magazine.
Marc Loy is a senior programmer at Galileo Systems, LLC, but his
day job seems to be teaching Java and Perl to various companies-
including Sun Microsystems. He has played with Java since the alpha
days and can't find his way back to C. He is developing an interactive
learning application at Galileo written entirely in Java. He received his
master's degree in computer science at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison, and still lives in Madison with his partner, Ron Becker.
Dave Wood is a Java architect with Sun Java Center in Denver,
Colorado, where he has helped design and implement Java
solutions for customers around the world. His B.S. and M.S. degrees
are in computer science from the University of Colorado. He has
been involved in object-oriented design and development his
entire career, and has been obsessed with Java since its early days.
About O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.
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By Robert Eckstein, Marc Loy & Dave Wood
1st Edition September (US)
1252 pages, 1-56592-455-X, $44.95 (US$)
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