Let's all give a big JavaRanch welcome to Kathy Walrath and Sharon Zakhour, the authors of "The JFC Swing Tutorial: A Guide to Constructing GUIs, Second Edition". They will be with us this week to discuss their book. Share in the discussion and you may be the lucky winner of a copy of the book! Check our book promotion page for the rules. [ April 27, 2004: Message edited by: John Wetherbie ]
In what way this book stand out from the rest of many swing books in the market ? Any specific objectives in writing this book ?
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Hey everyone, Thanks for your welcome. This is the second edition of The Swing Tutorial, which is really more of a reference that a classic tutorial. I wasn't involved in the first edition (off making babies back then) and I joined the team over a year ago to update the book from Java Platform Standard Edition, v.1.2 to release 1.4 (with some info about 1.5). I'm sure Kathy will chime in later with her views, but I would say that our book assumes Java programming, but not Swing knowledge. It discusses all the main components and how they fit together and shows how they would be most commonly used. As you know, Swing is many many classes and many many methods and we tried to provide a roadmap that will answer, hopefully, at least 80% of your questions. So our book is certainly for beginners but even Swing engineers have told us that they use it for reference. (In fact an aquaintance of mine teaches at Stanford and used our book to update class curriculum to Java/Swing.) For this second edition I revised the events and miscellaneous chapters and Kathy worked on the components, layout and painting chapters (which she had written originally). My biggest contributions were the new sections on drag and drop and focus, which were oft-requested on our feedback alias. One of the biggest advantages of our book is that we are backed up by the Swing and AWT engineers. They reviewed every word and made sure we got it right - so it really does come from the horses mouth. Sharon Zakhour