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Java 7 for Absolute Beginners by Jay Bryant

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C H A P T E R  10

Animation

Animation involves an image that changes over time. It's interesting (to us, anyway, but we love etymology) that animation outside of computer science means “bestowing of life.” Animated images certainly seem to have more life than still images.

Timing Is Everything

The essence of animation is timing. An animated image changes every so often. Usually, that's very often (many times a second), but an image that changes once a minute (such as a clock) is still animated, though it might not be much fun to watch. To give you an idea of how often an animated image can change, let's look at some common animation speeds that most of us see every day, usually without even thinking of them as being animated images.

A standard ...

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