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Java 2 Core Language Little Black Book Paperback – August 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Series: Little Black Book Series
  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Paraglyph Press (August 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932111662
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932111668
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,440,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Al Williams (League City, TX) is the Java columnist and development section editor for Web Techniques magazine. He is the author of over a dozen popular computer books, including Active Server Pages Solutions, MFC Black Book, and Developing ActiveX Web Controls. His writing credentials also include the Windows Commando column for Visual Developer Magazine. In addition to consulting, Al frequently lectures on programming all over the United States.

Alain Trottier (Santa Ana, CA) has worked in the technology field since 1979 with a special focus on software and the Internet. He is a sought after consultant having serviced many Fortune 1000 companies and has published numerous technical articles on the Web. He has also taught at various universities and currently is a professor at Vanguard University. Mr. Trottier's specialty is architecting, designing, and building backend systems for Internet commerce. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
Target Audience
Intermediate Java developers who want brief explanations of syntax and working examples to study
Contents
This is a condensed guide to the Java language with a heavy emphasis on code examples that can be used to solve your programming issues.
The book is divided into the following chapters: Getting Started With Java; Essential Java Syntax; Blocks And Statements; Methods, Classes, And Packages; Data Structures; Files And Streams; Java Database Connectivity; The Internet And Networking; XML And Java; Advanced Techniques; Security; Internationalization; Development Tools; References; The Java Virtual Machine; Active RFCs.
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There are some people who can read an explanation of something technical and immediately grasp how to use it in a real program. Unfortunately, I'm not one of them. I work best when I can read the explanation of how something works, and then see a working example that I can copy and use. That's where this book shines.
Each chapter starts off with an "In Brief" section. This is the "technical" explanation of the subject being covered, like classes or socket programming. After a high level explanation of the chapter subject, the coverage then shifts to an "Immediate Solutions" section. This is where you get the most bang for the buck. You'll find a problem listed, such as resolving a hostname or opening a server socket. A couple of paragraphs will explain what needs to be done, and that is followed by a code example that solves that problem. By reading the chapter and seeing how they solve a number of issues, you should come away with one or more ideas on how to code your own solutions.
If you don't have a solid background in Java, you will probably want to get a tutorial-style book before you buy this volume.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 19, 2002
Format: Paperback
A good programming book doesn't overdo it. It doesn't necessarily give you entire batches of production ready code. What it does is give you core routines you can drop into your code to accomplish the task you're trying to do, especially if you're in the beginning to intermediate range. Then it's you're job to assemble the parts into a production whole. This book does that well. The code is very understandable and drops in nicely. Trottier also shows you some optimization techniques as well.
This Core name for this book really summarizes it. This is core 101 and everday Java. If you know a little Java this is a good book to get comprehensive with it. If you're advance there might be a few areas it covers you haven't gotten to yet.
For me I just wanted to be able to create some simple applets that took data off the Internet and from a database and did some special calculations and presentations with it. This book was helpful in getting that going. I knew little Java before that but did know some C, a lot of PHP and SQL.
I used the Core Language as a supplement to the Java Reference docs I downloaded from Sun and it helped a lot. It's sometimes hard to use the reference style of stuff until you've got some working code up. That's what makes this book useful, it got me going enough so that I could start experimenting outside of the core language using the free reference stuff on the Internet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
I have purchased this book a few weeks ago and think its great. Brief explanations and to the point. I am just learning Java and I can quickly find help when I need it. It makes a great desktop reference.
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