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Learn Java with JBuilder 6

Learn Java with JBuilder 6
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Learn Java with JBuilder 6
by John Zukowski

Paperback: 650 pages
Dimensions (in inches): 1.43 x 9.26 x 7.37
Publisher: APress
ISBN: 1893115984; 1st edition (March 26, 2002) Perfect for the beginning Java developer, Learn Java with JBuilder 6 provides a winning and approachable tour of Java using JBuilder 6 by employing a hands-on approach to language basics and simple component development.

Most every Java book in existence relies on the free command-line Java compiler shipped with Sun's Java 2 SDK. This text bucks the trend with a focus on using the power of JBuilder to create simple applets and applications. Beginning with setting up the JBuilder tool, the author uses its wizards and code editors to jump-start this introductory tutorial. Twenty-one chapters (called "skills") highlight particular JBuilder tasks, like using the wizards to create basic applets (and applications). One section of note here provides a nicely digestible tour of Java language basics. Early chapters also give you the basics of drawing and file I/O APIs.

Basic applets that do simple animations and provide simple user interfaces with Swing components are the rule here. A sequence of several chapters dig into the details of creating (and consuming) custom JavaBeans for clients. (While this is arguably an old-fashioned approach to learning Java, as client-side JavaBeans have been eclipsed by server-side Java over the past few years, the benefit of this approach is that newbies will begin to code with reusable components early on.) Subsequent chapters look at adding bean persistence (using serialization APIs), property editors, and other more advanced features with beans.

Later chapters extend the range of options for basic Java programmers with a look at deployment, menus, and toolbars. This text circles back to the JBuilder environment with sections on customizing the IDE, like creating custom code templates and other productivity boosters. Final sections look at JBuilder 6 features for the enterprise, notably built-in UML support and EJB wizards.

Overall, the author's accessible presentation style and hands-on focus on using JBuilder's wizards to do more, more quickly, will help put basic Java programming into reach for a wide range of readers seeking to tackle this popular programming language for the first time. --Richard Dragan

Learn Java with JBuilder 6 covered:
• Introductory tutorial for Java using the JBuilder 6 IDE
• Installing and registering JBuilder 6
• Tour of basic IDE features (including project, applet, and application wizards)
• Tutorial to basic Java syntax (data types, strings, classes, variables, and methods)
• Exception handling
• Basic applet programming (including animation, sound, and multithreading support)
• Basic Swing controls for user interface programming
• Layout managers (including XYLayout)
• Basic drawing techniques using the Java2D APIs
• File I/O APIs explained
• Tutorial for client-side JavaBeans, built-in beans, and the JBuilder Component Palette
• Creating custom beans (with properties, methods, and events)
• Using bean introspection and custom property editors
• Serialization and bean persistence
• Java deployment with JAR files
• Menu support (plus using the built-in dialog boxes for choosing colors and fonts)
• Using toolbars
• Internationalization (including resource bundling)
• Customizing the JBuilder environment (with project defaults and code templates)
• Using code obfuscation
• Debugging multithreaded programs (the JBuilder debugger)
• Introduction to JBuilder Professional and Enterprise features (including UML support and EJB wizards).

Book Description: Learn Java with JBuilder 6 teaches you how to become a productive Java developer using the latest version of the most popular Java IDE: JBuilder 6. Master teacher and Java programmer John Zukowski uses bite-sized examples to introduce the Java programming language and the core Java libraries. Learn to use many of the JBuilder wizards and JBuilder’s JavaBeans Express to automatically generate the development framework, which allows you to concentrate on filling in the business logic. Learn how to build and how to connect JavaBean components in JBuilder’s drag-and-drop development environment. Master the Model-View-Controller architecture found in Swing’s GUI components to build complex user interfaces. Learn about multithreading and how to debug multithreaded programs.

Book Info: Comprehensive guide teaches how to be become a productive JBuilder developer by creating bite-size examples that introduce new aspects of the Java programming language and the core Java libraries. Author is a leading authority on Java technology.

About the Author: John Zukowski is a best-selling author and teacher as well as a strategic Java consultant for JZ Ventures, Inc. He has been working with Java technology since its early alpha days in 1995. He started out as one of the first Sun Microsystems Java instructors and has been working with Java technology exclusively since 1995. Zukowski's extensive Java experience includes both client- and server-side Java development.

John serves as the resident guru for a number of jGuru's community-driven FAQs. He is a Java columnist for Sun's Java Developer Connection, IBM's developerWorks, and JavaWorld. His latest books are Java Collections (Apress, 2001), Definitive Guide to Swing for Java 2 (Apress, 2000), and Mastering Java 2: JDK 1.4.

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