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Java: The Complete Reference, J2SE 5 Edition Paperback – December 14, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0072230734 ISBN-10: 0072230738 Edition: 6th

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Product Details

  • Series: Complete Reference
  • Paperback: 1000 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 6th edition (December 14, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072230738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072230734
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #851,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Schildt’s classic Java reference--updated and expanded for J2SE 5. The ultimate resource for Java programming.

Java 2 Platform Standard Edition, version 5 (J2SE 5) is the most extensive upgrade to Java yet and Herb Schildt, the world’s leading programming author, has updated and expanded his best-selling reference on Java to cover it. Whether you’re a beginning Java programmer or an experienced pro, the answers to all your Java questions can be found in this one-stop resource. With expertly crafted explanations, insider tips, and hundreds of examples, this book fully explains the entire Java language and its core libraries. Of course, in-depth coverage of all the new features added by J2SE 5, such as generics, autoboxing, varargs, enumerations, metadata, and the enhanced for loop, is included. Essential for every Java programmer, this comprehensive resource offers the clear, crisp, uncompromising style that has made Herb Schildt the choice of millions worldwide. Coverage includes:

  • Data types and operators
  • Control statements
  • Classes and objects
  • Constructors and methods
  • Interfaces and packages
  • Method overloading and overriding
  • Inheritance
  • Exception handling
  • Multithreading
  • The I/O classes
  • Networking
  • The Collections Framework
  • Applets and servlets
  • AWT and layout managers
  • JavaBeans and Swing

Plus, in-depth descriptions of Java’s newest features:

  • Generics
  • Autoboxing
  • Enumerations
  • Metadata (Annotations)
  • The enhanced for loop
  • Static import
  • Varargs (variable-length arguments)
  • The Formatter and Scanner classes.
  • The Concurrent API

Herbert Schildt is the leading authority on Java, C, C++, and C#. His programming books have sold more than 3 million copies worldwide and have been translated into all major foreign languages. Find out more at HerbSchildt.com.

About the Author

Herb Schildt (Mahomet, IL) is an authority on the C and C++ languages, a master Windows programmer, and an expert on Java. His programming books have sold more than 3 million copies worldwide and have been translated into all major foreign languages. He is the author of numerous bestsellers, including: C: The Complete Reference, C++: The Complete Reference, and Java 2: The Complete Reference.

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Customer Reviews

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Beginners need a good elementary base with this, and that is why they get someone who is good at it to write the book.
D. Seholm
This book as the name suggest gives you complete overview for learning and understanding Java.
Vinay Solanki

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Stanicki on August 22, 2006
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I thought this book would help me learn Java when I first bought it, but I think the examples are skimpy. A more complete reference and tutorial is Cay Horstman's and Gary Cornell's 7 ed. of Core Java 2: Volumes 1 and 2. These 2 volumes have great examples, and go more in-depth into Java. Skip Schildt's book, and buy the Core Java Volumes even if you need just a reference. You will be happier, and learn more.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Vinay Solanki on November 15, 2005
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This book as the name suggest gives you complete overview for learning and understanding Java. It clearly points out the differences between Java 1.4 and Java 1.5 (J2SE 5.0). It highlights the important points and gives introduction to Swings, Servlets and a good financial application using java.

Good for any beginner !!
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This book is a good, by example book for you to learn Java and understand how and why it includes certain features/functions in the language. If you are looking for a reference book, this one is a bit hard to navigate to find detailed information about class interfaces. Another thing it is lacking is in-depth design patterns. If you are looking for detailed information on writing Swing interfaces, look elsewhere as well.

However, all in all, this book will successfully guide you through the Java language. You should be able to write multi-threaded programs that are networked and can successfully use file IO by the end of the book. It is especially useful if you have written software in other languages. If you are a beginner at writing software, you should probably buy a beginner's book before this.
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By Shiva on August 8, 2012
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The product was marked as used, but I seriously doubt that. The book was in such good condition that it could have been sold as new and no one would have known the difference. The book is an easy read, and really helps clear up your concepts. For 5 dollars this was a steal.
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By L James on November 15, 2010
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The book arrived promptly and in good condition.
The subject matter of the book is well covered.
I like the inclusion of informative background information.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 27, 2006
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Very good book if you are a beginner. It gives you the basics for everything you need. I havent given it 5 stars because it lacks some of the advanced stuff, you end up referring to some other books for that.

Certainly recommended if you are planning to use this as a reference too.
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