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Where to start with Swing/AWT

 
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I did the Programmer Certification around 6 months ago. I haven't done any programming since then. I now how have two aims. My main aim is to become comfortable using Swing/AWT. My secondary aim is to sit the Developer exam.

I've been looking around trying to determine the best and quickest route to get to grips with Swing/AWT. I'm still not clear where the dividing line between the two is and what resources I should be using. Many of the books in the list here are four or five years old. I have a copy of Habibi and in that he assumes that the reader learned some AWT for the Programmer Certification. I believe that requirement was dropped for the 1.4 exam (either that or I've forgotten it all very quickly!)

So my question is: where should I start with Swing/AWT? Do I need to learn AWT, then Swing, or is there a resource around somewhere that will let me pick both of them up together. I've just started looking at the Swing Trail on java.sun.com. This seems like a good introduction but I'd appreciate any further advice anyone can offer.

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So my question is: where should I start with Swing/AWT? Do I need to learn AWT, then Swing, or is there a resource around somewhere that will let me pick both of them up together. I've just started looking at the Swing Trail on java.sun.com. This seems like a good introduction but I'd appreciate any further advice anyone can offer.


Hi Keith,

Swing is already quite old, but no significant changes have been made since it's introduction (IMHO of course). So you'll probably do fine with these books of a few years old.

AWT used to be material for the SCJP, but has been dropped in the recent exams. Swing uses some classes and principles from AWT, but still I would consider it a waste of effort to master AWT before starting to learn Swing. You'll probably pick up what you need whilst studying Swing.

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