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Selecting a good Java Swing book

H Murdock
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Ok I really need to learn Java Swing. I have been looking up several books and two stand out so far. The first is Java Swing by Marc Loy and the second is Swing: A Beginner's Guide by Herbert Schildt. I am not an expert at Java, but I wouldn't consider myself a beginner. I want to understand Swing before I start on this project, but I want a good book before I go and buy one of these books. Any comments or other suggestions would be very helpful and appreciated. Ive heard both good and bad things about Java Swing, but it seems to be a good book. Thank you.
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Answered it here: http://www.coderanch.com/t/543280/GUI/java/Selecting-good-Java-Swing-book#2465167


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H Murdock
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Thank you. Do you think either of the books you mentioned could give me a good enough explanation of it all so I can make a complicated program. I may not be an expert, but I have a big project that I have to get done. Also if anybody else has comments please leave them.
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When I worked on a Swing based project (it was fairly complicated)- I was a java beginner then and had an overview about Swing. I went on exploring the components available and then reading about them. The documentation was of huge help then. I would suggest you to have a look at the tutorails which I linked in the post. And then see if you really need a book. By the time you finish the book- you would have either forgotten the initial concepts or spent a lot of time studying the book.
H Murdock
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I hope I won't, but the tutorial that I looked at before I was considering a book suggested that I just use NetBeans for the gui part. I'd rather understand what I am doing before I just start dragging things and dropping them or I won't understand what I am doing and that will be a problem. I will check out this turtorial, though. Thanks.
 
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