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Server side person needs help with building Applets

 
Lanny Gilbert
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Greetings, all. I have been a server side person (Servlets, JSPs (with HTML built by someone else), EJBs, etc.) pretty much my whole Java career. I have a contract now where I'm doing mostly server-side stuff, but I'm being asked to build a fairly nice applet-based GUI for a project. I haven't built an applet with any kind of complexity EVER!!

So, I'm asking for help. Where should I start? Are there some really good books on building GUIs (with images, etc.) in Applets? What about web sites?

Any help is appreciated!!!
 
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The Java Tutorial is a good starting place for all things Java. There's a chapter on Writing Applets as well as Creating a GUI with Swing.
 
Lanny Gilbert
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OK.. Maybe I under-represented my skills a little. I know how to build basic applets, and even have one running now that allows you to choose between 3 radio buttons, enter a 10-digit phone number and then press a button. Once the button is pressed, a SOAP call is made to a webservice running on a J2EE server.

What I need help on is drawing skills. The webservice will eventually return a list of components that the user has access to and I need to draw a little map showing the components in order and also some line drawings showing the various components and whether or not they are in service. I guess maybe what I need is help with is using Canvas (or maybe JCanvas?). I'm not a GUI person, so that's where I need advice. I understand the Applet control flow, how to set it up within a webpage, etc., etc.

Sorry about not being more clear!
 
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