This chapter gives you a brief introduction to using the JavaTM Foundation Classes (JFC) Swing packages. After telling you about JFC and Swing, it helps you get the necessary software and walks you through how to compile and run a program that uses the Swing packages. Next, it shows you how to run programs using Java Web Start.
The next chapter, Learning Swing by Example (page 11), will build on these first steps to help you create several increasingly more complex examples. For now, let's start with the basics.
About the JFC and Swing
Which Releases Contain the Swing API?
Which Swing Packages Should I Use?
Compiling and Running Swing Programs