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Active Visual J++

by Scott Robert Ladd

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In Active Java J++, well-known computer author Scott Robert Ladd helps experienced C++ programmers make the transition to Java. This book provides a quick overview of the history of computing and Java's position in the evolution of computers. The beginning of the guide offers quick tours of Java's language features and the basics of object-oriented design (OOD). In a particularly valuable chapter, Ladd converts a C++ program, which uses templates, into Java (which has none). Throughout this book, the choice of coding examples is interesting, if unorthodox. (They also seem to be drawn from material the author has covered in his other books on templates, genetic algorithms, and "the Game of Life" or cellular automata.) The heart of this book discusses how to use Microsoft's Visual J++ compiler, which is unique in that it supports ActiveX components. (A strong chapter here shows how to build an ActiveX component in Java.) Though the author briefly describes Sun's JavaBeans component standard, he focuses on ActiveX. His chapters on the Abstract Window Toolkit (AWT) and user interface design feel a little perfunctory. The book closes with a Java port of the Game of Life. If you don't mind giving up the 100% pure approach to writing Java applets/applications, check out Active Java, which includes some information on Java and ActiveX technologies that you aren't likely to find anywhere else.

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Visual J++ is Microsoft's powerhouse implementation of Java - the one that offers pure Java compatibility and is optimized for Windows-based programming. Active Visual J++ shows you how to combine powerful Internet technologies - Java, ActiveX, and the Abstract Window Toolkit (AWT) - to create exciting interactive applications for the Web and intranets. Written for intermediate programmers who know the basics of Java, this books gives you an overview of the new features and new strengths of Visual J++ version 1.1 and how to put them all to best use, a comprehensive look at ActiveX content - how a Java applet can be enhanced with ActiveX components, and clear guidance for taking the next step: from Java applets to complete applications built from packages of reusable components. Altogether, Active Visual J++ gives you clear guidance on taking Java beyond its Web-based roots, gives you a feel for Microsoft's Internet strategy, and lets you work with plenty of valuable code samples on CD-ROM.



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