Bringing your Java Application to Mac OS X

    March 26, 2003

Apple has just released Java 2 Standard Edition (J2SE) 1.4.1 for Mac OS X. Mac OS X has shipped with J2SE 1.3.1 installed from the beginning. Now J2SE 1.4.1 is available to all Jaguar (Mac OS X version 10.2) owners by using the software update at Apple’s Java product page. Much of the time porting J2SE 1.4.1 to the Mac has been spent moving the GUI elements from the Carbon framework to the Cocoa framework. This means it is easier for your Java applications to take advantage of Mac OS X specific features when running on the platform and to look and feel more like native applications.

In this series we focus on tuning your cross-platform Java application so that it looks and feels more like a native application when running on Mac OS X without changing the look and feel on other platforms. In these articles, most of the examples are presented as small isolated instances of platform-specific improvements you can make.

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