Deploy an SWT application using Java Web Start

Develop great-looking client-side Java applications

From the developerWorks archives

Jeff Gunther

Date archived: March 15, 2017 | First published: June 19, 2003

Over the past few months, the Standard Widget Toolkit (SWT) has continued to pick up momentum and is capturing more and more of the brain-share of Java™ developers. At some point in the development process of an SWT application — typically after a basic prototype is operational — concerns about the deployment process arise. Unlike traditional Java applications, SWT applications require some operating system-specific libraries to be loaded before an application can operate. While the ongoing deployment and maintenance of these libraries might seem like a headache, rest assured there is a solution: Sun Microsystems' Java Web Start. The marriage of SWT with Java Web Start provides powerful tools to deploy great-looking client-side Java applications.

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