Origins of Java

A Java game programming book uses the Abstract Window Toolkit. So I thought I would read up on it a bit. There are some free materials online that cover this older technology. I figure what I learn can also help in my learning of newer GUI frameworks.

The book I read online claims that the AWT is crucial for Java programmers to learn. Initially there were major changes in AWT before it stabilized. Here is a funny thing. Part of the AWT intro explained the origins of the word Java.

Java is actually an island in Indonesia. It is not just any island. A whopping 124 million people live on the island. That is more than half the population of Indonesia. The capital of Java is Jakarta. This explains the naming for the Apache Jakarta project.

Next time I will get into some of the components that the AWT has to offer.