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Special Edition Using Java 2 Standard Edition by Geoff Friesen, Chuck Cavaness, Brian Keeton

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Building a GUI: Components, Containers, and Layout Managers

In the first phase of the GUI building process, the focus is on the look of a GUI. To achieve this look, you'll work with the windowing toolkit's components, containers, and layout managers. However, before exploring these entities, you should have a basic understanding of the system toolkit and peers.

Exploring the System Toolkit

The windowing toolkit (along with the rest of the AWT) interacts with the system toolkit to carry out windowing system-specific tasks on its behalf. Tasks range from acquiring system-specific details (such as system color model, system clipboard, system event queue, screen size, font metrics, print jobs, and so on) to beeping the speaker and getting images. ...

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