41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2000
If you're writing a Java compiler or Java Virtual Machine, this book is a must-have. It's also great for the serious Java programmer who is interested in the "guts" of how Java works. But if you want a tutorial on the JVM, you'll be better served by another book. Before you buy this book, you should also know that the on-line version is freely available.
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2004
the authors simply don't know how to present their stuff in an orderly fashion. looks like a rushed job.
go look at John Gough's "Compiling for the .NET Common Language Runtime", which treats a similar topic, and you see the difference. or if you prefer a formal style, look at "Java and the Java Virtual Machine: Definition, Verification, Validation".
on September 4, 2015
Cons: a bit dated.
1) Clearly written
2) Tons of data, so subtle that I re-read a couple of times and was still extracting more information
3) The *index* is 42 pages pages long, indicating the authors (correctly) thought there was lots of important terms/topics
I was going to donate the book to the school I teach at, but this is going to stay in my personal library.
2 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2001
the pace is a little stilted, and the plot is quite worn-out, but I love the wildly surrealistic sections...