Topics in This Chapter
Creator Window Layout
Source Editors/Code Completion
Page Navigation Editor
Application Outline Window
Server Navigator Window
Creator Help System
Sun Java Studio Creator makes it easy to work with web applications from multiple points of view. This chapter explores some of Creator's basic capabilities, the different windows (views) and the way in which you use them to build your application. We show you how to manipulate your application through the drag-and-drop mechanism for placing components, setting attributes in the Properties window, controlling page flow with the Page Navigation editor, and selecting services from the Server Navigator window.
2.1 Examples Installation
We assume that you've successfully installed Creator. The best source of information on installing Creator is Sun's product information page at the following URL.
Creator runs on a variety of platforms and can be configured with different application servers and JDBC database drivers. However, to run all our examples we've used the default application server (J2EE 1.4 Application Server) and PointBase database. Once you've configured Creator for your system, the examples you build in the text should run the same on your system.
You can download the examples for this book at
and select Java Studio Creator Field Guide: Book Examples. The examples are packed in a zip file. When you unzip the file, you'll see the FieldGuide/Examples directory and subdirectories for the various chapters and projects. As each chapter references the examples, you will be instructed on how to access the files.
You're now ready to start the tour of Creator.