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It is likely that you will take your Java skills and head for the Web. That is not a bad idea, considering that roughly 80% of all new Java development happens on the Web. Although 68% of statistics are made up on the spot, this one indicates that not much is happening on the desktop for Java. Sun is doing considerable work to change this perception, and indeed there are a number of fantastic things happening on the desktop with Java. To stay on top of cool new developments with Java GUI applications, check out the Swing Connection ...