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Suchitra Bhat
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Hi All,

I am new to swings and the requirement in company demands that i need to learn swings in 2 or 3 days. It will be very helpful if some one gives me some pointers to material about swings and small mock project will also greately help me..

any help will be appreciated.

thanks,
Suchitra
Gregg Bolinger
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Originally posted by Suchitra Bhat:
Hi All,

I am new to swings and the requirement in company demands that i need to learn swings in 2 or 3 days. It will be very helpful if some one gives me some pointers to material about swings and small mock project will also greately help me..

any help will be appreciated.

thanks,
Suchitra


Well, I've been using Swing off and on for going on 7 years. I still don't know it. Swing is a very difficult API to master. Learning it in 2 to 3 days will be very very difficult if not impossible depending on:

1. What do they really expect you to know in 2 to 3 days time.
2. What is your background with java programming in general.


Sun's online tutorial is a great place to start. There aren't too many books that provide much more information that what the tutorial provides. I did find Desktop Java Live to be a very good book. You can read my review of the book here.

The Swing tutorial can be found here. Good luck!


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Suchitra Bhat
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Hi Gregg,

Thank you so much for the reply... My java back groud is like this.

I am a scjp 1.4 , scwcd and taken scbcd beta 1.5 exam..

Will it be possible for me to learn atleast basics of Swings in 3 days ?

Thanks,
Suchitra
Gregg Bolinger
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Originally posted by Suchitra Bhat:
Hi Gregg,

Thank you so much for the reply... My java back groud is like this.

I am a scjp 1.4 , scwcd and taken scbcd beta 1.5 exam..

Will it be possible for me to learn atleast basics of Swings in 3 days ?

Thanks,
Suchitra


Only you can know that. Spend three days with it then tell us.
Suchitra Bhat
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Hi Gregg,

Surely i will tell you , how much i could learn in 3 days.

Can you please help me in this.. Actually the requirement is at my onsite and since i have 2 java certifications my manager suggested my name for this requirement. i have interview scheduled with client on wednesday , mostly to make sure i can hanlde Swings.. it will be very helpful if you give me some links to some interview questions on Swings.

Thanks,
Suchitra
Carol Enderlin
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I'm not sure what else you think Gregg can do for you.

I'd suggest spending three days on the tutorial (that Gregg gave the link for) rather than looking for interview questions/answers. Do you want to be able to code a bit of Swing or talk about it? I'd also suggest being honest with the client about your experience.

Your interview might go better if you referred to it as Swing rather than the plural swings.
Gregg Bolinger
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Carol is right. Pronouncing Swing correctly is a good first step.

...and since i have 2 java certifications my manager suggested my name for this requirement.

No offense and this is totally my opinion, but to me a certification means you memorized answers to questions for a test and they in no way represent coding ability. But that may be a different discussion. But it does go hand in hand with:

it will be very helpful if you give me some links to some interview questions on Swings.

So you plan on memorizing some Q&A on Swing to try and fool the client into allowing you to do the work? First and foremost, that is not fair to the client. Secondly, it's not fair to you. As Carol said, Do yourself a favor and be totally honest with the client and your manager. I believe there are smart people out there that can pick up API's very quicklu. Possibly as quickly as you need to be able to. You could be one of those people, but reading interview questions isn't going to do you any favors in this situation. The only way to really learn Swing (and nearly any Java API) is to write a lot of code.

Let us know how it goes.
Henrik Engert
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When I got my first Java job back in 2001 I had no professional experience in Java. I only had a limited C/C++ background. I was totally honest with the employeer and I was hired. I told them that I did not see it has an obstacle that I had hardly any knowledge of the Java language. BUT, this was not for a contract job.

I am still working for them at present time, and now I consider myself as somewhat of an expert in Swing/AWT etc...but it took a long time to master, I still learn new stuff every day.

To learn Swing in 3 days you must be somewhat of a geneous or crazy. Swing is not something you just pickup easy, at least not for me. Swing is very complicated with many pitfalls on the way. It can be very frustrating in many ways.

If I were you I would not take such an assignment, it's like other people said, not fair to you OR the customer.


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