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The only start-to-finish guide to Java event handling.

  • Unlocks the power of Java event handling to enhance GUI development
  • Teaches basic skills and advanced event programming techniques
  • Provides complete technical references to all Java events
  • Stand-alone examples demonstrate the potential of Java events
  • Covers event classes, interfaces, the Java event model, and more!

Efficient event handling is key to creating powerful, GUI-based Java software. Java Event Handling is the first Java book to focus entirely on event handling, from the absolute basics to state-of-the-art techniques. Expert Java developer Grant Palmer presents an in-depth introduction to the Java event model, showing how event handling has evolved to provide greater power and control, and demonstrating how to take full advantage of it. Coverage includes:

  • Local and distributed events: differences, similarities, and practical
  • techniques
  • Detailed technical reference to all Java events: event classes,
  • listener interfaces, support classes, lifecycle methods, and more
  • Advanced techniques: event listener manager classes, user-defined
  • event classes, event listeners, and more
  • Dozens of practical, easy-to-adapt code examples

Whatever your Java experience, Java Event Handling delivers the expert insights and practical guidance you need to supercharge virtually any GUI-based application.

About the Author

GRANT PALMER, a scientific programmer at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA, has written or contributed to four Java technical references. He resides in Chandler, AZ.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR (August 8, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130418021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130418029
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,859,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael Ernest on December 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
Believe it or not, we really do need a book on event handling in Java. Events are a pervasive form throughout the SDK classes, not just to AWT and Swing. They inform the structure of JavaBeans, Java Messaging Service (JMS), and are important to EJB, Jini, and Jiro. An OO methodologist may say events are "just" an expression of the Observer design pattern, but from that simple pattern spring at least four major variants used in Java, each one worth careful study. Once you understand event-handling in Java, the structure of many classes become quite clear.
But 590 pages? Why so many? Oh...it's a reference book, another API treatment that re-documents some classes, and adds some light code examples. I'd estimate 460-70 pages of the book do that and only that. The opening text tells the reader it will reveal the power of event handling -- which to me is like learning a meal will be best when it's hot -- but then concludes that learning by doing is the only way, and delegates many important side-trips to other sources.
There's little graphic relief, and no visual modelling at all. Discounting the lists of class methods, there are 2-3 class hierarchy diagrams in the book, and one screen shot. The latter is located somewhere after the bulky reference section -- bad placement, in my opinion.
There is no mention of how events drive JavaBeans, nor any satisfying description of local versus remote event-handling. That's not a crime, but that's what I wanted in place of another javadoc rewrite. The Jini overview is only two pages; and it's now somehow been covered? Even the Jini code samples themselves are borrowed from Core Jini. The reader is referred to that book for an explanation; it's unreasonable to think the reader can make that leap easily.
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Java Event Handling has to be the most complete collection of documentation in one book on the Delegation Event API provided by java. Not only an easy reference with lots of excellent examples to demonstrate, the explanitory texts are well written, easy to follow, well organized and gives more than enough information to model effective event handling and management routines in your application. You won't find a better source of information on this topic anywhere else.
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