Chapter 13, "Beginning AWT, " introduced you to the AWT's windowing toolkit. As you learned, this toolkit consists of components, containers, layout managers, events, and listeners. In an effort to overcome the limitations of these entities, Sun's engineers extended the AWT's windowing toolkit into a much more capable product—the Swing windowing toolkit.
Swing's windowing toolkit is vast. Because of space limitations, this chapter omits many details. To learn more about this toolkit, please consult both the SDK's documentation, and the Java Tutorial at http://java.sun.com/docs/books/tutorial/.
One of the main features that Swing offers is a superb collection of lightweight components. (This is the reason for not presenting ...