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My Latest Refcard: Java GUI Development

Today DZone releases my latest refcard on Java GUI Development. It's probably been my most challenging card to write to date, as it provides a reference for both Swing and SWT. Having used both technologies extensively in my time as a Java desktop developer, I thought that it would be worthwhile to have one single reference to use while developing Java rich client applications.

The aim of the refcard is to give a concise overview of what's available in both toolkits, including high level overviews of layout managers, event management and dealing with threads. 

While writing the card I was wondering if many people write Swing/SWT applications from scratch anymore, or do most people take advantage of the rich client platforms provided by NetBeans and Eclipse? For me, knowing the basics of SWT is essential in order to write RCP applications in Eclipse, but it's been a long time since I've written a basic SWT shell based application.

As with all Refcardz, we welcome any feedback and will make sure to reflect suggested changes in the online version of the card. 

 

 

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