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Getting Started with Eclipse Juno by Vinicius H. S. Durelli, Rafael Medeiros Teixeira, Rodrigo Fraxino Araujo

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Chapter 5. SWT

The Standard Widget Toolkit (SWT) consists of a set of tools created by the Eclipse project developers to build Graphical User Interface (GUI) applications easily. This open source widget toolkit provides efficient and portable access to the user interface facilities by focusing on the target operating system.

Although Java provides support for the development of GUI applications by using the Abstract Windowing Toolkit (AWT) and the Java foundation classes (swing), both cannot seamlessly integrate with the target operating system.

SWT supports widgets that makes use of operating-systems-specific libraries and grant access to them from a set of Java classes that are responsible for communicating with the native code. The outcome is ...

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