what is the best textbook for learning java DESKTOP APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT?

i'm self-learning java and want to know which textbook would be the best to learn java Gui desgin and development

can any experienced expert recommand one?
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for_yanConnect With a Mentor Commented:

Looks like this one is the most popular on Amazon, and O'Reilly are in general usually rather good:
http://www.amazon.com/NetBeans-Definitive-Guide-Tim-Boudreau/dp/0596002807/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1297732562&sr=1-2
Let's see if we hear from someone who actually read books on NetBeans.

Frankly, on such very specific subjects, related to specific programs,  I'd rather not spend money on books, it is much more instructive
to try doing something hands-on with succh things, and then look at help, examples, etc.
It is not like Java in general, where you may want to get some really basic things from books.
But again all people have of course  different attitudes
and habits.
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for_yanCommented:


Maybe you'll find something in this list
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/75102/best-java-book-you-have-read-so-far

Many years ago I read this old book
http://www.amazon.com/Java-1-1-Reference-Patrick-Naughton/dp/0078824362/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1297731621&sr=8-2

There is a newer but still very old edition of this book:
http://www.amazon.com/complete-Reference-Java-third/dp/007463769X/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1297731621&sr=8-6

Of course most of the stuff now much different from what was in 2001, but if you want to get the basic
concepts - like waht is a class, interface, etc. - these are still OK.
And for details you probably don't need any books nowadays anyway - internet is better.

This is a good book (it is in the first link also), but  a little bit on a philosophical side:
http://mindview.net/Books/TIJ4

and its full text used to be avaialble on line.



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IkelcaAuthor Commented:
thanks  a lot
btw, what's best book for learning Netbean IDE desktop app development??
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IkelcaAuthor Commented:
seems nobody else care to leave comment.
thank you FOR_YAN as usual
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