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Lesson 1

Intro to Java Beans Development Kit (BDK)

This module explores the JavaBeans Development Kit (BDK) and the tools and resources it provides for Bean development.
After installing the BDK, you find out what the BeanBox test container is and how it is used to customize and test Beans in a setting similar to application builder tools.

Module learning objectives

After completing the module, I will show you the skills and knowledge necessary to:
  1. Customize a Bean at design time with the BeanBox
  2. Test a Bean at runtime with the BeanBox
In the next lesson, I will discuss how to install the BDK.

As software developers, we are constantly being asked to build applications in less time and with less money. In addition, these applications are expected to be better and faster than ever before. Object-oriented techniques and component software environments are in wide use now, in the hope that they can help us build applications more quickly. Development tools like Microsoft's Visual Studio have made it easier to build applications faster by taking a building-block approach to software development. Such tools provide a visual programming model that allows you to include software components rapidly in your applications. The JavaBeans architecture brings the component development model to Java, and that is the subject of this course. But before we get started, I want to spend a little time describing the component model, and follow that with a general overview of JavaBeans.