SWT : The Standard Widget Toolkit, Volume 1 by Steve Northover, Mike Wilson
Book Review Team
posted 11 years ago
<pre>Author/s : Steve Northover, Mike Wilson Publisher : Addison-Wesley Professional Category :Miscellaneous Java Review by : David O'Meara Rating : 8 horseshoes</pre> There are a couple of down sides to this book but there is no doubt the authors know their material, not too surprising given their senior positions in the Eclipse project! The book has so many warnings, pointers and hints it's hard to imagine developing SWT without it.
Each topic is highlighted with useful, concise code fragments which will be invaluable to anyone using SWT; you may find half of your application has been written for you. It's also good to see the emphasis placed on SWT run on Windows, X and Macintosh systems, the difference in behaviour and most of all how to avoid decisions that will allow your application to work on one of these but not be transferable. You can't avoid learning this as each point eventually comes back to this.
Maybe my expectations were a little off, but I was expecting more of a teaching or reference resource (eg. it doesn't include an API listing), but what you get is an in-depth discussion on the major areas of SWT. It may also be harder to read if you don't already have experience building UIs.
While Volume 1 doesn't cover everything, it is unlikely there will be a comparable resource for developing an SWT application even if the next volume doesn't arrive.