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krishna anand
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Dear Friends
No doubt Swing is a very powerful tool to create sophisticated GUI Interfaces in a very imple manner and that it has a very rich functionality and API Support .However the problem with Swing applications is that they are relatively slow and hence they are not very much welcome in areas where speed is the main criteria rather than platform independence .Also another drawback of Swing is that it is not supported by many of the commonly used browsers like IE4 /Netsacpe 4 and only the latest versions of the browsers have Swing support and hence for making applets also not many people use Swing and prefer to use only AWT .
So now the qustion is where are Swing applications being used these days Commercially ? How long will speed / browser compatibility be a stopping block for Swing applications to be used for commercial purpose ? Will these problems be rectified within a year ?
But in spite of its problems I prefer to use Swing for teaching as it helps a candidate to master OOP Concepts ,Event Handling ,GUI Design , Design Patterns ,Threading issues etc .In fact Mastery of Swing will also lead to mastery of Object Oriented Programming .However my fear is that bacause of the problem of speed / browser compatibility Swing will loose its importance ,which it should not .
I seek views from experts and other members regarding this .
Kindly share your views and practical experience in this matter .
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Krishna
 
Vinod Venugopal
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Sun has promised an improvement in performance level for Swing apps in its 1.4 release of J2SE which is due this November. No doubt Swing today is still slow & not entirely compatible with all browsers, hopefully, Sun will improve upon the plugin also.
 
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