Java developers know that design patterns offer powerful productivity benefits -- but until now, few patterns books have been specific enough to address their programming challenges. With Java Design Patterns, there's finally a hands-on, practical design patterns guide focused specifically on real-world Java development. Java Design Patterns is structured as a series of short chapters, each describing one Java 1.2 design pattern and providing one or more complete, working, visual example programs, complete with UML diagrams illustrating how the classes interact. The book covers three main categories of design patterns: creational, structural, and behavioral. Author James W. Cooper demonstrates several patterns at work in the context of development with the Java Foundation Classes (JFC) and Swing; and also presents several detailed case studies of Java development with design patterns. For all Java programmers, software engineers, and application developers.