Learning to build Java Desktop applications
Taking theory into the real world with practical coding
When learning a new programming language it can be quick and easy to learn the commands, native
data types and syntax. This is what is covered in most beginner's guides to programming and so
it should be. You need to know the basics before you can do anything else.
The next step is to decide to write code for a specific development platform. Each platform has
its own way of doing things.
Once you know your development platform then it’s time to turn your attention to actually doing something.
But how and where to start?
Whilst most programming languages only have about 30 commands to learn, the development platforms have
many hundreds of tools to get to grips with. These tools, usually referred to as the API, are there to
help build rich and useful programs quickly, or more quickly than you could do yourself. They also
reduce the amount of code you need to write.
The key to writing your own full and rich desktop applications is to learn to harness the power of the
development tools for your chosen environment. As a developer you need to learn how to use these tools
and how to integrate these tools into your application so that your applications come to life.
The best way to learn is through doing and the quickest way to do things is for someone to show you the
way, to lead you through each step and show how to put things together.
Here we provide full and complete examples of how to use the Java API so you can see how to use the
various tools within a real world application. Take a look our courses section to see what is available.