Early Adopter Mac OS X Java

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Mac OS X is a UNIX-based operating system that runs on some of the finest hardware in the world. It comes with some excellent development tools, and a first-class Java 2 Standard Edition implementation, including a HotSpot client virtual machine, tied right into the operating system. Apple has made Java a first-class citizen of Mac OS X, and this book shows how Java developers can take advantage of the power they've been given.

Using Java as a development language on Mac OS X, you can write portable pure Java applications that run and look like native programs, or you can develop programs that exploit the Cocoa programming interface, allowing you to build powerful Mac OS X applications and take advantage of all the functionality provided by Apple's exciting Aqua UI. You can also exploit native operating-system functionality without writing any C or C++ code, through APIs such as JDirect. This book explains to the experienced Java developer where to start, what's possible, and where to go.

This book covers:

The role of Java in Mac OS X
Using Mac OS X as a Java development platform
Writing portable Java Code
Taking advantage of Mac OS X's features in pure Java applications
Developing enterprise applications on Mac OS X
Deploying Java code as a Mac OS X application
Accessing OS-specific functions through MRJ and JDirect
Using Java to program Cocoa

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Mac OS X is a new operating system for almost everybody. Mac users may feel slightly more at home with some aspects of its interface, but anybody coming from a UNIX background will also find familiar features that Mac users will find totally alien. Therefore, this book doesn't make any assumptions about whether you come from a Mac or non-Mac background. What it does assume, however, is that you're reasonably experienced with Java, or perhaps in the process of learning it.

About the Author:

Daniel Steinberg is the Director of Java Offerings for Dim Sum Thinking in Cleveland, Ohio. He has covered Java on the Mac for the last five years for JavaWorld magazine, writes a monthly column for the O'Reilly Mac DevCenter, is a regular contributor for IBM's developerWorks and was an author on the recent Wrox title Professional Web Objects.

Murray Todd Williams works as a freelance computer consultant. He has programmed computers since he was eight years old, from the ancient HP-85 to his new Dual-G4 Power Mac! For the last seven years he has fanatically supported Linux and the entire Open Source movement and has worked on migrating Open Source projects to OS X.

Eric Albert worked on the Java classes team at Apple for more than two years while still a student at Stanford University. He has also taught introductory programming at Stanford, and is currently a software engineer for a company in Seattle. He can be reached via email at ejalbert@cs.stanford.edu.

James Hart is a writer and programmer, employed as a Technical Architect on the Early Adopter editorial team at Wrox Press. As well as writing this book, he has also contributed to the Wrox books Professional Java XML and Java XML Programmer's Reference, in both cases writing about IBM's Java-based Web Services platform.

John Hopkins earned his B.S. in mathematics at Texas Christian University, before starting his programming career at General Dynamics. He moved on to develop desktop applications for the Mac OS first with Data Tailor, then with the SU5 Group, helping with the creation of Trapeze, Persuasion, DeltaGraph, FaxSTF Network and Meeting Maestro. He is currently studying upcoming XML and peer-to-peer computing technologies for virtual supercomputing and cycle selling projects.

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