Introduction to Java Swing Programming

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The Introduction to Java Swing Programming training course explores the various User Interface Toolkits (UI Toolkits) available within the Java language, focusing primarily on the Java Foundation Classes, also known as Swing.

The Java Swing Programming course begins with a base level discussion around rich-client development, event-based programming, and Java’s event model, within the context of the Abstract Windowing Toolkit (AWT). Then the JFC training course transitions into an in-depth exploration of the core Swing component library, covering everything from JFrames to JTables.

The Introduction to Java Swing Programming course concludes with a discussion about general user-interface design principles and packaging Java GUI applications.

Course Summary

Learn how to create stand-alone desktop-oriented Graphic (GUI-based) Java applications using Swing / JFC.
Experienced Java Programmers looking to build rich-client applications using Java GUI programming.
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Hands-on training is customized, instructor-led training with an in-depth presentation of a technology and its concepts, featuring such topics as Java, OOAD, and Open Source.

Hands On help
3 Days
Productivity Objectives: 
  • Identify the key elements of a Java Foundation Component
  • Describe how the model-view-controller pattern is applied within Java Swing
  • Create a simple stand-alone Swing-based GUI
  • Design and implement a robust user interface using Layout Managers and JComponents
  • Apply Swing utilities to create a more responsive UI
Introduction to Java Swing Programming is part of the Java SE Training curriculum.
All of our Java SE courses can be delivered using the IDE of your choice using either JDK 1.5, JDK1.6, JDK1.7 or JDK1.8 (Java 8).

What You'll Learn

In the Introduction to Java Swing Programming training course, you’ll learn:

  • GUI Development with Java
    • Introduction to Abstract Windowing Toolkit
    • Observer and Observable
    • Event objects, Event Sources, and Event Listeners
  • Introduction to Java Foundation Classes / Swing
    • Comparing Swing to AWT
    • Key JFC components
    • Working with JComponent
  • Swing Component Structure
    • Review of M-V-C pattern
    • Swing and M-V-C
    • Swing Events and Event Listeners
  • Core Swing Components
    • Swing class hierarchy
    • JComponent
    • JButton, JLabel, JTextField, JList, JScrollBar, JSlider, JSplitPane
    • JPanel, JWindow, and JFrame
    • Other Swing components
  • Advanced Swing UI Components
    • Overview of textual input with JTextComponent
    • Simple input with JTextField
    • Using JTextArea
    • Complex text input using JEditorPane
  • Creating Functional Stand-Alone Applications
    • Menus (JMenu)
    • Menubars (JMenuBar)
    • Shutdown hooks
    • JFrame and JWindow
  • User Interface Design with Swing
    • User interface design concepts
    • Layout Managers
    • JPanel, JLayeredPane, JInternalFrame and Z-ordering
    • Utilizing View Ports
    • Image support
  • Popup Elements
    • Dialogs and Message Boxes
    • File and Color Choosers
    • Custom Dialogs
    • Tooltips
  • Working with Swing
    • Threading issues with Swing
    • Using Swing utilities
    • Pluggable-look-and-feel (PLAF)
    • Introduction to Java 2D
    • Printing
    • Internationalization

Meet Your Instructor

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Kelby Zorgdrager

Kelby Zorgdrager’s expertise in Java, Open Source, and software development have allowed him to be a guest speaker at JavaOne, Java University, Comdex, IEEE Software Conference, and the Colorado Software Summit.

Kelby has also served as a guest author for both IBM and Sun/Oracle’s developer sites. Furthering his passion to help people learn, Kelby served as a technical editor for the bestselling book, Advanced Java: How to Program,...

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Simon has over 15 years of experience defining, developing, and delivering software development training programs.

As a senior instructor and courseware developer for Sun Microsystems, Simon developed and delivered Java training courses for Sun Educational Services’ internal and external customers. While at Sun, he was a guest presenter at JavaOne, Java University, and other software trade shows. Simon’s most significant accolade was his work as the development lead in the design, development,...

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Jean brings years of development experience into her teaching, making the learning experience practical for her students. Originally a Smalltalk developer, Jean has an expansive knowledge of object-oriented (OO) development, analysis, and design. Jean has worked in every stage of the software development process for a variety of businesses – from small non-profits, to government agencies, to global enterprises.

Jean was also one of the top instructors at Sun Microsystems in North America and Europe....

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Anil is a seasoned software engineer with over 16 years of Java development experience.

Anil started his career as a Unix programmer, slinging C-code, writing shell scripts, and teaching others how to use Unix back when Unix was still a toddler. Anil’s expertise in Unix, C, and C++ allowed him to become a member of Technical Staff at ATT / Bell labs. During his tenure at Bell Labs, Anil led the creation of software tools that simulated network traffic, in particular, cellular...

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Marnie brings 15 years of experience delivering programming related training. During that time she has taught for top-technology companies including: Sun (and later Oracle) certified Java classes, RedHat Certified JBoss administration courses, Spring Source Certified Spring and Hibernate courses. Her classes have run the gamut from introduction to programming classes to Java EE web services and much of the Java EE stack in between.

She has a passion for teaching, which is evident in her presentations and...

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Peter is a Senior Java Developer / Architect / Manager with over 20 years of experience in the analysis, design, and development of computer systems, including 20 years of experience architecting and delivering web-based IT solutions.  Peter manages and leads an experienced team of Java and object-oriented programming specialists that provide a wide range of technical services.  Peter founded Java Enterprise Solutions in 1998 after working for Sun Microsystems advancing Java and Java technologies. While at...

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Phil was a member of the second cohort of instructors to be trained by Sun to teach their Java courses. and has lectured at the undergraduate and graduate levels at San Jose State University and the University of California. He has been a Java developer in Silicon Valley for over 15 years, specializing in control systems and visualization of large complicated data sets. He is completing a PhD in bioinformatics, using his Java skills to study the effects of marine life on climate change. Phil has assisted in the...

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Sujee has been developing software for 15 years. In the last few years he has been consulting and teaching Hadoop, NOSQL and Cloud technologies.
Sujee stays active in Hadoop / Open Source community. He runs a developer focused meetup and Hadoop hackathons called ‘Big Data Gurus’. He has presented at variety of meetups.
Sujee contributes to Hadoop project and other open source projects. He writes about Hadoop and other technologies...

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Kito D. Mann is the Principal Consultant at Virtua, Inc., specializing in enterprise application architecture, training, development, and mentoring with JavaServer Faces, HTML5, Web Components, portlets, Liferay, and Java EE technologies. He is also the editor-in-chief of (, co-host of the Enterprise Java Newscast (, and the author of JavaServer Faces in Action (Manning). Mann has participated in several Java Community...

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