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Thomas Paul
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Let's all give a big JavaRanch welcome to Kathy Walrath and Sharon Zakhour, the authors of "The JFC Swing Tutorial: A Guide to Constructing GUIs, Second Edition". They will be with us this week to discuss their book. Share in the discussion and you may be the lucky winner of a copy of the book!
Check our book promotion page for the rules.
[ April 27, 2004: Message edited by: John Wetherbie ]
 
Ramu Meda
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In what way this book stand out from the rest of many swing books in the market ? Any specific objectives in writing this book ?
 
Arun Rao
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where does this book stand, i mean what level of expertise is required to read this book? and what are the main topics that are covered?
 
John Wetherbie
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Kathy & Sharon - Welcome! Pull up a barstool and enjoy yourselves!
Thomas - Edited your initial post. The link to the rules page wasn't using the UBB URL tag.
 
Kathy Walrath
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Thanks for the welcome! I need to take care of work and personal stuff during the day, but I'll log back on in the evening to reply to everyone's posts.
 
Sharon Zakhour
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Hey everyone,
Thanks for your welcome. This is the second edition of The Swing Tutorial,
which is really more of a reference that a classic tutorial. I wasn't
involved in the first edition (off making babies back then) and I joined
the team over a year ago to update the book from Java Platform Standard
Edition, v.1.2 to release 1.4 (with some info about 1.5).
I'm sure Kathy will chime in later with her views, but I would say that
our book assumes Java programming, but not Swing knowledge. It discusses
all the main components and how they fit together and shows how they
would be most commonly used. As you know, Swing is many many classes and
many many methods and we tried to provide a roadmap that will answer,
hopefully, at least 80% of your questions. So our book is certainly for
beginners but even Swing engineers have told us that they use it for
reference. (In fact an aquaintance of mine teaches at Stanford and
used our book to update class curriculum to Java/Swing.)
For this second edition I revised the events and miscellaneous chapters
and Kathy worked on the components, layout and painting chapters (which
she had written originally). My biggest contributions were the new sections
on drag and drop and focus, which were oft-requested on our feedback alias.
One of the biggest advantages of our book is that we are backed up by
the Swing and AWT engineers. They reviewed every word and made sure we got
it right - so it really does come from the horses mouth.
Sharon Zakhour
 
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