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Michael Finney
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Know any good books?
A while ago, I bought a book called Java Foundation Classes. I've read a lot of it and got bored. Part of the problem is that I knew a lot about AWT event passing. It also uses swing 1.0 and that concerns me.
With Java 2 happening, does anyone suggest a an exciting book that covers JFC/Swing 1.1 that is in Java 2 (JDK 1.2)?
 
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I know of several people (including me) that think that "Java Swing" from O'Reilly is the best.
I bought "Java Foundation Classes" by Nelson several months ago - it's okay.
Neither book makes a great reference. I would really like to see Sun come out with an update for their Chan series that includes Swing. In the meantime, I just print out the components I use and put them in a three ring binder.
 
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Does "Java Swing" from O'Reilly include the Swing 1.1 API? Is it a big book like Nelson's? That book is heavy. I find it interesting that chapter 8 is more than 700 pages. However, I would not want them to short change any information.
 
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"Java Swing" is hot off the press and covers Swing 1.1 beta as part of the 1.2 JDK.
The book is not quite as big, but uses a smaller font.
 
Michael Finney
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Thanks!
 
Gary Fidler
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I use "CORE Java Foundation Classes" by Kim Topley all the time. Published by Prentice Hall.
 
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I saw a book at B&N entitled "Swing Unleashed." Does anyone know if it's happening or not? I normally just choose the most technical, voluminous book in the set. But the pickin's seem pretty slim right now. Also, I got suckered into IFC way back. There, I've said it.
 
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I usually avoid the "unleashed" books. Sure, you get a good price per pound, but it seems that they are usually 90% fluff. I never seem to find what I'm looking for. O'Reilly books usually cover mroe stuff with fewer pages.
 
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Here's a new Swing book, online by Matthew Robinson and Pavel Vorobiev. (published by Manning) It has some interesting stuff on printing and JavaHelp that I wasn't able to find elsewhere.
http://manning.spindoczine.com/sbe/
[This message has been edited by Glen Tanner (edited March 21, 2000).]
 
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