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Graphics/Shapes with Java - Network Topology visualization

 
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Hello,
I've studied some Java as a self-taught. To let you guess my knowledge level, and my skills, I specify that:
  • I've studied the OCA Prep Guide by Mala Gupta
  • I've studied the OCA Prep Guide by Mala Gupta
  • I've followed a C++ Course on Object-Oriented Programming
  • I have a grasp on Design Patterns. I've partially read "PHP Objects, Patterns, and Practice" by Matt Zandstra. In this regard, I would like to point out that I have just a very basic knowledge about Patterns
  • I've never worked on Frameworks
  • I'm not a professional software developer


  • Currently, I'm employed as a middleware system administrator. I work with products similar to IBM WebSphere MQ.

    Middleware systems are composed of entities such as Nodes, Queues, Links etc... In a sense, they are very similar to computer networks

    Then, I would like to try developing a graphical software that, basically, would use the attributes that define those entities to build a topologic diagram that depicts the network.

    For instance, let's say that the entity Note had the following attributes:

    + -------------+
    |      Node      |
    +--------------+
    |  NodeName  |
    |   NodeType   |
    |   NodeSize    |  
    +--------------+

    Those attributes are stored in plain text files.

    Can anyone then suggest me a book that I can read to learn the basics on this topic? It would be great if it was not too much long and possibly down-to-earth, I have very little time to study.

    I'm sorry for the length of this message.
     
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    Ps. I would add the following consideration:
     
        I guess that it wouldn't be that difficult to define a coloured rectangle to be output to indicate a node. However, I fear that positioning the various nodes reciprocally in space would be an extremely difficult task.
     
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