Prague College Library: Java Foundation Classes in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference
Title:      Java Foundation Classes in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference
Categories:      Computing
BookID:      CO-HND-0090
Authors:      David Flanagan
ISBN-10(13):      9781565924888
Publisher:      O'Reilly Media
Publication date:      1999-10-23
Edition:      1
Number of pages:      754
Language:      English
Rating:      0 
Picture:      cover
Description:      Product Description
Paperback. Pub Date: 1999 Pages: 754 Publisher: OReilly Media Java Foundation Classes in. a Nutshell is an indispensable quick reference for Java Programmers WHO ARE writing applications that use Graphics or Graphical User Interfaces The author of the bestselling Java in a Nutshell has written fast-paced introductions to the Java APIs that comprise the Java Foundation Classes (JFC). such as the Swing GUI components and Java 2D. so that you can start using these exciting new technologies right away. This book also includes O ' Reilly's classic-style. quick-reference material for all of the classes in the javax.swing and java.awt packages and their numerous subpackages. This reference material covers all of the new JFC ...
Amazon Review
JFC is positioned between O'Reilly's Java In a Nutshell and JavaEnterprise titles. It's really two books in that the first seven chapters (to page 136) are entirely concerned with the graphics and graphical user interface APIs in Java 2. There are lots of examples, mainly using Swing, which augments AWT.

Although it covers a lot of ground quickly, Java Foundation Classes in a Nutshell does a good job of discussing the differences from Java 1.0and 1.2. It also explains a lot of the real world usage issues which arise when constructing Java interfaces.

The majority of the book, however, is class references for the various Java 2 packages. Each chapter deals with one class, starting with an overview and heirarchy diagram. The references are arranged alphabetically by class and package, so you need to know the package the class is in to find it quickly.

This reviewer finds the layout and typography of O'Reilly's reference sections difficult to read with so much of the rather small text being embedded in dark grey. It doesn't photocopy well either. However, it does the job as a complete reference. --Steve Patient