This edition of The Java™ Tutorial tells you how to write GUIs that use the Java Foundation Classes (JFC) “Swing” components. In this book we cover the most recent release of the Java 2 platform (v1.4.2 as of this printing). We also include information valuable to programmers using earlier releases and discuss Swing enhancements planned for the near future.

The online form of The Java Tutorial has covered the Swing components since their first public early-access release—Swing 0.2, which came out in July 1997. Throughout the early releases, the Tutorial kept pace with API changes and additions. Readers and reviewers kept us on our toes, helping us improve each page tremendously. Although this book has its roots in the online version, this ...

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