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Java™ Application Development on Linux® by Michael Schwarz, Carl Albing

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Chapter 17. Other Ways: Alternatives to Swing

In which we discover that Swing is not the only GUI game in town. In so doing we learn the rudiments of the Standard Widget Toolkit and we describe some of the key limitations of this alternative toolkit.

What You Will Learn

This chapter will introduce the basic classes of SWT, the Standard Widget Toolkit, which is an alternative GUI library developed mainly for the Eclipse Java IDE.[1] Development of Eclipse has been led primarily by IBM.[2]

The IBM SWT Toolkit

The Standard Widget Toolkit is a complete GUI library for Java, completely independent of Swing and AWT. It is implemented as a library of native methods, so it cannot be ported to any Java runtime unless that platform has the native part of the ...

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