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Java Fun and Games: Explore the geometry of nature

Enhance your Java games with math-based fractals that imitate nature's geometry.

Under the sea

Full-screen exclusive mode offers high-performance graphics to games, screensavers, and other application types that render their output to the entire screen. This Java Fun and Games installment reveals Java's support for...

Enter the third dimension

Three-dimensional computer graphics have fascinated me ever since I took a computer graphics course back in the mid-1980s. This Java Fun and Games installment shares with you my fascination by presenting a Swing component for...

Javalution

Third-party products that extend the Java language or migrate legacy source code to Java (resulting in software that is part Java and part non-Java) contribute to Java's evolution—or Javalution (my terminology). This installment of...

Develop enterprise Java applications with <em>POJOs in Action</em>

Many enterprise Java developers have discovered that Java EE's Enterprise JavaBeans framework causes more problems than it solves. POJOs in Action is a book that identifies these problems and presents an alternative based on plain-old...

Simulate fuzzy phenomena with particle systems

Computer graphics relies on polygon-based techniques to model and render classical geometry (cubes, cones, and other solids). The geometry of natural phenomena, such as fire, requires a different technique—particle systems. This Java...

Capture the screen

This Java Fun And Games installment presents a utility for capturing the primary screen device's contents via Java's Robot class, and saving either the entire screen capture or a selected portion of that screen capture to a jpeg file....

Square off

It's about time that Java Fun and Games introduced you to a computer game. In this installment, Jeff Friesen presents his Java-based game called Squares. Note: You can now build and run the applets presented in Java Fun and Games...

Travel through time with Java

Time travel fascinates many people. You do not need a wormhole (or some other exotic device) to travel through time. This unusual installment of Java Fun and Games presents a simple computer-based technique for accomplishing time...

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

The holiday season has arrived. This Java Fun and Games installment celebrates the season by presenting an applet that animates a gentle snowfall while playing a Christmas classic, "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" It...

The knight's tour

Chess provides many interesting diversions that aren't related to playing that game. One of those diversions is the knight's tour. This installment of Java Fun and Games introduces you to the knight's tour and then presents an applet...

Add music to your games with Javano

If you have ever wanted to create your own music editor for composing computer-game music, this Java Fun and Games installment may be of some help. It presents a simple Java applet—Javano—that can serve as the basis for that music...

Kaleidoscopes

Tube-based kaleidoscopes enchant people through the symmetric and colorful designs that are revealed as their tubes rotate. Many computer programs, including Java applets, have been created to reveal this symmetry. After identifying...

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