Chapter 10. Graphics and user interfaces

Graphics and user interfaces

10.1 Introduction to the awt and Swing

10.2 Putting graphics in a window

10.3 Laying out a GUI

Introduction to the awt and Swing

The real world has been converted to wysiwyg [1] and GUI [2] interfaces, and Java is fully equipped to provide these options. The GUI part is provided inside two packages called java.awt – abstract windowing toolkit – and javax.swing. From now on we will call them the awt (pronounced ‘ought’) package and Swing, and know that they are Java’s platform-independent approach to user interfacing.

These packages are also completely driven from within the Java language. That means that any graphical ...

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