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Sams Teach Yourself Java™ 6 in 21 Days by Laura Lemay, Rogers Cadenhead

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Chapter 10. Building a Swing Interface

Although computers can be operated in a command-line environment such as MS-DOS or a Linux shell, most computer users expect software to feature a graphical user interface and receive input with a mouse and keyboard.

Windowing software can be one of the more challenging tasks for a novice programmer, but as you learned yesterday, Java has simplified the process with Swing, a set of classes for the creation and use of graphical user interfaces.

Swing offers the following features:

  • Common user interface components—Buttons, text fields, text areas, labels, check boxes, radio buttons, scrollbars, lists, menu items, sliders, and more

  • Containers, interface components that can be used to hold other components, including ...

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