This week's book giveaway is in the OCPJP forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide and have Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates on-line! See this thread for details.
What are you trying to do with the bitmap? To display any sort of image you are going to use Image or BufferedImage. If you are going to be manipulating images, there are many ways to do this depending on what you are trying to do (easy to complex).
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