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Best Swing Resources for Real Application Development

 
Gregg Bolinger
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I want to know what everyone uses as their resource(s) for Swing development. I'm not talking about snazzy special effects and different API's and Libraries. What I want to know is if you have development a Swing application that is as usable and efficient as something like IntelliJ's IDEA, DBVisualizer, Netbeans, azureus(Vuze), etc, how did you get started? There are lots of Swing resources on the net but they are all geared towards beginners.

What I want to know is how did you find out about all the Client Properties? How do you handle communication across components? Where did you learn to create those cool custom components? And the last big one...

How do you know you are doing it the best/right way? What is the right way to do XYZ in Swing? Where are those resources?
 
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Wow, you ask quite a large question. Let me ask you first, how long have you been doing Java development? Swing development? Any development?

As to how to learn properties, communication across components, etc...there are a wealth of tutorials (see http://java.sun.com.)

For me, I learned to do the "cool" custom components by looking at the underlying Swing classes, seeing how they do things, and then moving from there. Also, I have been doing Java/Swing for over 10 years, so experience is a great teacher.

As to how to know I am doing it the "Best/Right" way...as with most things in software, there are a dozen ways to achieve the same end goal... If you want to learn about "best practices" (IMHO), look to the Java Design Patterns. There is a good series called Head First that has a great book design patterns. Check them out.

Resources? Other developers, these forums (JavaRanch is a good one), read what other developers are posting and how they are solved, dream up a simple program and implement it. Come up with your own requirements and try to implement them...just start doing and learn as you go.

Hope this gets to the heart of your question...
[ July 30, 2008: Message edited by: Gil Estes ]
 
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