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Gregg Bolinger
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I am just curious as to the reason for an SWT/JFace book. Is there a large intrest in the community? Did Apress spur the idea or was it you and/or Robert Harris that pitched it? Do you expect to see/author more books on SWT/JFace in the near future?
 
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I was writing an app for personal use that I would be running on both Windows and Linux, so Java seemed the natural choice. I was going to go with Swing, but had heard of Eclipse and SWT, so I checked it out--and really like what I saw. So, I took the plunge and wrote the app in SWT.

Along the way, I ran into a few frustrations, and was stymied by the lack of documentation (yes, there were and are some online resources, but not deep enough for what I needed). So, Bobby & I put together a proposal, got an agent, and he pitched it to some publishers. Apress jumped on it, so here we are.

Interestingly enough, some more SWT and/or JFace books loom on the horizon. Stever Northover (one of the SWT developers) and Mike Wilson (not sure) have one coming out that appears to cover part of SWT (SWT: The Standard Widget Toolkit, Volume 1). Matthew Scarpino, Stephen Holder, Stanford Ng, and Laurent Mihalkovic have one coming out called SWT/JFace in Action. That's what I've drummed up from Amazon. I think the emergence of these books helps to validate SWT and JFace, and shows the need in the industry for a technology that is here to stay.
 
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