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Mastering Java 2, J2SE 1.4

3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 002-5211440223
ISBN-10: 078214022X
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From the Back Cover

The 1.4 version of Java 2 Standard Edition provides many new programming capabilities while making plenty of old tasks easier. But without reliable guidance, you’ll find it hard to take advantage of even a fraction of what the new SDK has to offer. Filled with detailed coverage of the new technology, step-by-step instruction, and tips from an acclaimed Java consultant and author, Mastering Java 2, J2SE 1.4 is the resource you’ll want to keep within easy reach.

Coverage Includes:

  • Understanding the Java programming language
  • Building forms with the Swing component set
  • Creating superior graphics with the Java 2D API
  • Supporting advanced data structures with the Collections API
  • Improving the speed of your Java applications
  • Taking advantage of Swing’s support of drag and drop
  • Understanding OOP concepts, including UML
  • Working with Java’s new assertion capabilities
  • Using Java’s new I/O capabilities: nonblocking read and write operations, application preferences, and logging
  • Solving tough printing challenges
  • Working with installation options, including Java Plug-in and Java Web Start
  • Working with multiple threads and timer tasks

About the Author

John Zukowski is a freelance writer and strategic Java consultant for JZ Ventures, Inc. He serves as the resident guru for a number of jGuru's community-driven FAQs (www.jguru.com) and is a Java columnist for Sun's Developer Connection, IBM's developerWorks, and JavaWorld. His latest books are Java Collections and Definitive Guide to Swing for Java 2.
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Product Details

  • Series: Mastering Java Series
  • Paperback: 928 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex (May 8, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078214022X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0782140224
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 0.9 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,725,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No offense John Zukowski is one of the foremost and well known Java Programmer in the world(He has contributed to the Java Programming Arena a lot ive heard he has even written or contributed to the Java API's) however being a great programmer and being a good writer are definitely two worlds apart..His writing is put simply a presumptive approach to explaining the code yourself youll spend more time interpreting his code since obviously speaking....the explanation is absolutely not there...The book is good for the first 4 chapters(Particularly a humorous intro in Chapter 1 unfortunately bottom line java aint about humor)however as the book picks up speed you get the feeling that the author speeded up a lot of things. I found the ExitableJFrame class to have considerably lessen the length of codes in JFrame and Application type of programs however this code simply limits the Object Oriented Capability of the JFrame class. For Example in order to set the container background using the Container interface implementing the ExitableJFrame class doesnt work.(ex: c.setBackground(new Color(22,33,144));) on the JFrame class

The next time mr. zukowski you write a book please put a premium on explaining things cause to be honest i think some of this good reviews are all a bunch of crap(maybe a token of appreciation from your friends). If anyone doubts me try buying the book ...Youll end up wishfully thinking...Where the hell is the logical explanation i was hoping for..In the end youve gotta do more of "the explain the code yourself" than "the learn java programming"
(This absolutely is a dangerous practice since sometimes people think what they thought was right however as soon as it is applied....
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I have read "Thinking in Java..." by Bruce Eckel and some other Java books and I have found that
this book, "Mastering Java 2 J2SE 1.4", covers same material in a different way, with lot of
diagrams and pictures, wich has helped me to read it with joy. There are some mistakes
in source code, wich I have found on accompanied CD, but I have found easy to rectify it.
I would recommend this book to anybody who already knows some Java and wants to learn some
specific parts of Java, i.e. printing.
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I'm an E-Commerce Developer (using Embed Perl, Perl5, TCL, ADP, OpenACS) for more than 7 years, and I just had the time to migrate to Java just this year. I know learning a new language needs some technical experience, otherwise your time table would have some complexity especially if you're on a fast environment. Getting this book would give you a good head start on Java (if you're serious migrating on this system). There's a lot of books out there to start your career (w/ Java) but definitely it's upto your experience level on how you react to the technicalities of the contents. Just read the book first before you buy (it's free from BN and Borders), and you'll not be disappointed later on.
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