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Limited Edition Java Library Set (4-Volume Set) 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 059600107X
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William Crawford has developed web-based enterprise applications since 1995, including one of the first web-based electronic medical record systems, and some of the first enterprise-level uses of Java. He's also consulted for Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical Center, and several Fortune 500 companies. He was Chief Technology Officer at Invantage, Inc., and Principal Software Architect at Perceptive, Informatics, Inc. He is also the co-author O'Reilly's of "J2EE Design Patterns" and "Java Servlet Programming." Will has taken a temporary leave from Enterprise Java development to pursue MBA and MS degrees at MIT.



Jim Farley is a technology strategist, architect, manager and author. His current focus is his role as the technology solutions architect for the Harvard Business School, working to assemble enterprise systems for both the instructional and back-office operations at the school. Jim also consults for various organizations in strategic technology and development, lectures in the computer science department at Harvard's Division of Continuing Education, and publishes articles in a number of forums. Jim's history with computing, enterprise and otherwise, has spanned numerous domains, including manufacturing, artificial intelligence, multimedia, collaboration tools, and content management.



David Flanagan is a computer programmer who spends most of his time writing about JavaScript and Java. His books with O'Reilly include Java in a Nutshell, Java Examples in a Nutshell, Java Foundation Classes in a Nutshell, JavaScript: The Definitive Guide, and JavaScript Pocket Reference. David has a degree in computer science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He lives with his wife and son in the U.S. Pacific Northwest bewteen the cities of Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. David has a simple website at http://www.davidflanagan.com.



Kristopher Magnusson is the Open Source Programs Architect at Novell. He edited the original Java Directory Service Interface proposal for JavaSoft in 1996, worked on the Novell JNDI design team as the lead writer, and wrote JNDI sample code and tutorials. He earned a Bachelor's of Science from the University of Utah in 1991 in economics, has been active in the NeXT and open source communities for years, and loves object-oriented design and computing. He lives with his partner, Kristen, in Salt Lake City, where he enjoys community activism, mountain biking, and oenophilia.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 900 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (January 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 059600107X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596001070
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,813,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I recently got some gift certificates for the holidays and spent them on this set. I am an experienced C/C++ and Perl programmer, and I just began learning Java several months ago. With my previous language and SE knowledge I blew through a tutorial without breaking a sweat, but then (and now) comes the hard part of building the vocabulary necessary to communicate fluently in the language.
I had originally intended to buy the official Sun Java Series books, but I found that they were expensive and overly formal. To get all the current library specs requires three volumes at about $60 a piece. Plus the language spec which is written in very formal language, thus not very useful as a quick reference, and is available for free as a .pdf file should you require such formality to write a parser, for instance.
The In a Nutshell collection is perfect for my needs. It is just the sort of comprehensive resource that I was looking for, both as a working reference and as a learning tool. As a learning tool it is almost self-contained. You can look at the 'Java Examples' (The Java Cookbook by Ian Darwin is also recommended - the examples are more up to date, and the scope is broader) and find some code that approximates what you are trying to do. Then you can look at the various API calls and object heirarchies and go to the other volumes to find a description of each class and interface (Another recommendation is the set of posters that you can get bundled with "Effective Java" - also an excellent book. The posters give a visual reference of the package/class hierarchies making it very easy to understand the relationships between the various classes, sub-classes, and interface specs. A word of caution: the posters are unusually tall.
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This set of books is really helpful for anybody to learn Java. It includes four helpful books - Java in a Nutshell, Java Examples in a Nutshell, Java Enterprise in a Nutshell and Java Foundation Classes in a Nutshell, they are all "in a Nutshell" series from O'Reilly. As a CS1 student, these books give me a very clear concepts in programming in Java. I think they are really useful books for you!
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