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Learning Java. Applets too?

Rob Hermann

Joined: Mar 31, 2006
Posts: 11
I am working through HeadFirst Java and find it terrific.
My question is for anyone who is familiar w/ the book or similar Java learning guides.
Will I be able to create applets in addition to applications?
As I look ahead in the text there doesn't seem to be any dedicated chapter on applets.
If HeadFirst is not right for learning applet creation, can you suggest a good book I can use as a supplement to help me extend what I learn to the world of applets?

marc weber

Joined: Aug 31, 2004
Posts: 11343

Here's a lesson on Applets from the Java Tutorial.

Also see the Creating Windows and Applets chapter from Thinking in Java.

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Rob Hermann

Joined: Mar 31, 2006
Posts: 11
At a glance these look good and I'll read them thoroughly.
Additional question as I get started...

Will these two resources help me take an application and turn it into an applet? My concern is that the java programming I am learning is only loosely connected to applet programming.

Thanks again,
Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Joined: Jul 08, 2003
Posts: 24193

Note that applets are really very marginal these days; they're used very little in the real world.

In any case, there's really nothing special about applets. Once you understand about Java classes -- how to define them, what inheritance is, etc -- and know how to do GUI stuff, writing an applet is trivial stuff.

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Rob Hermann

Joined: Mar 31, 2006
Posts: 11
Thanks! That is encouraging. I am learning JAVA because programming is something I've always wanted to be able to do.

Applets will be useful to me as I am a science teacher and would like to be able to design applets for my students to use.

From what I gather I will be able to create applets using the same information I'm learning in the HEAD FIRST book.

I agree. Here's the link:
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