Introduction

This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly.It should be thrown with great force.

—Dorothy Parker (1893–1967)

Here’s the problem: developing an application using Java tools is very different from developing an application in other environments. As with any modern problem in virtually any realm, you can tap into a wealth of material on the Internet and obtain excellent tools to help with the solution. However, sifting through all of that material and finding the best way to use the tools could take more time than you have. Moreover, the information and tools you discover on your own may not be the best for your situation. For success with your first application, you need to know which subjects are important, which techniques are ...

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