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Nearly a decade ago, when Java was still a fledgling portable software platform and the Tumbling Duke applet was considered cutting edge, the members of the newly minted Swing team, including yours truly, took in a packed JavaOne session given by Sun's JavaSoft president, Alan Baratz. He told the assembled multitude that our team would be delivering a new GUI toolkit in just 90 days. Although we'd been working on what was called a "lightweight toolkit" for some time, he hadn't bothered to mention the new project deadline to us. Until that moment. If there'd been enough room, we would have all fallen off our chairs. A rather limited "0.1" Swing release did debut 90 days later. The fact that developers not only adopted this early version of Swing, but actually built applications and even products with it, is testimony to the tidal wave of enthusiasm for all things Ja... (more)