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The Java Programming Language, 4th Edition Paperback – August 27, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0321349804 ISBN-10: 0321349806 Edition: 4th

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  • Paperback: 928 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 4 edition (August 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321349806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321349804
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #584,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Direct from the creators of the Java™ programming language, the completely revised fourth edition of The Java™ Programming Language is an indispensable resource for novice and advanced programmers alike.

Developers around the world have used previous editions to quickly gain a deep understanding of the Java programming language, its design goals, and how to use it most effectively in real-world development. Now, Ken Arnold, James Gosling, and David Holmes have updated this classic to reflect the major enhancements in Java™ 2 Standard Edition 5.0 (J2SE™ 5.0).

The authors systematically cover most classes in Java’s main packages, java.lang.*, java.util, and java.io, presenting in-depth explanations of why these classes work as they do, with informative examples. Several new chapters and major sections have been added, and every chapter has been updated to reflect today’s best practices for building robust, efficient, and maintainable Java software.

Key changes in this edition include

  • New chapters on generics, enums, and annotations, the most powerful new language features introduced in J2SE 5.0
  • Changes to classes and methods throughout to reflect the addition of generics
  • Major new sections on assertions and regular expressions
  • Coverage of all the new language features, from autoboxing and variable argument methods to the enhanced for-loop and covariant return types
  • Coverage of key new classes, such as Formatter and Scanner

The Java™ Programming Language, Fourth Edition, is the definitive tutorial introduction to the Java language and essential libraries and an indispensable reference for all programmers, including those with extensive experience. It brings together insights you can only get from the creators of Java: insights that will help you write software of exceptional quality.

About the Author

Ken Arnold, formerly senior engineer at Sun Microsystems Laboratories, is a leading expert in object-oriented design and implementation. He was one of the original architects of the Jini™ technology, and the lead engineer of Sun's JavaSpaces™ technology.

James Gosling is a Fellow and Chief Technology Officer of Sun's Developer Products group, the creator of the Java programming language, and one of the computer industry's most noted programmers. He is the 1996 recipient of Software Development's "Programming Excellence Award." He previously developed NeWS, Sun's network-extensible window system, and was a principal in the Andrew project at Carnegie Mellon University, where he earned a Ph.D. in computer science.

David Holmes is director of DLTeCH Pty Ltd, located in Brisbane, Australia. He specializes in synchronization and concurrency and was a member of the JSR-166 expert group that developed the new concurrency utilities. He is also a contributor to the update of the Real-Time Specification for Java, and has spent the past few years working on an implementation of that specification.



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Good coverage of material and subject matter.
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Overall I would highly recommend this book to any programmer wishing to learn Java.
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The way the authors explain the topics tersely is extraordinary.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 23, 2005
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If you're looking for a more academic approach to learning Java, as well as one written by *the* authorities in the Java world, you'll be interested in this title... The Java Programming Language, Fourth Edition by Ken Arnold, James Gosling, and David Holmes.

Contents: A Quick Tour; Classes and Objects; Extending Classes; Interfaces; Nested Classes and Interfaces; Enumeration Types; Tokens, Values, and Variables; Primitives as Types; Operations and Expressions; Control Flow; Generic Types; Exceptions and Assertions; Strings and Regular Expressions; Threads; Annotations; Reflection; Garbage Collection and Memory; Packages; Documentation Comments; The I/O Package; Collections; Miscellaneous Utilities; System Programming; Internationalization and Localization; Standard Packages; Application Evolution; Useful Tables; Further Reading; Index

From a content standpoint, this book is very comprehensive. If it's something you need to know to learn Java, you'll find it covered. Given that the authors were deeply involved in building Java, that's not surprising. There's not an overabundance of coding samples, but the discussion of features and concepts is extensive. I got the feeling I was reading a college level textbook on the Java language instead of a more mainstream version that would talk to people of lesser skills. I don't necessarily consider that a bad thing, as there are some people who don't like their material doled out in a "Head First" fashion. If that describes you, then this might be a better choice. I also consider this to be an excellent choice for someone who wants both a tutorial and a reference book rolled into a single volume. In fact, this almost tends more towards the reference side than the tutorial side.

Good coverage of material and subject matter. It may not be the most entertaining read, but you'll be well equipped to go forth into the world of Java development when you finish.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 7, 2006
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If you want to understand Java inside out, this is the book for you. It is equivalent of "The C++ programming language" by Stroustrup and the original "K&R" for Java.

I would recommend you to read this book rather than the Java Specs unless you are writing a compiler.

It will also give you an insight on the why's of language design which helps you understand it better and also appreciate it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Debashish Mitra on February 20, 2006
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This is the most dependable book that all experienced Java developers MUST read to get a deep insight in to the intricacies of the Java programming language and master it's subtleties. The coverage is extensive and authoritative. You need to know Java at an intermediate to advanced level to enjoy the beauty of this book. The way the authors explain the topics tersely is extraordinary. This book does not have elaborate and repetitive explanations and 'real world' illustrations - generally each topic is explained with the help of simple pieces of code whose main purpose is to drive home an idea - you need to have a minimal prior level of understanding of Java to fully fathom and gain from the authors' brilliant explanations of the technicalities. I suggest that while you are going through each topic write your own small snippets of code, run and test them to verify your understanding of the topic - this gives you great confidence and long lasting understanding and is a sure shot way to master the details of the language in a retentive manner. This book has great reference value - you can come back to it time and again to get the most authoritative, clear and dependable answers to all your Java queries. A caveat - this text should not be used as a first book to learn Java from - it might only lead to boredom and frustration - this book is for mastering and fine tuning one's knowledge and skill in Java.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Fawaz Sulaiman on September 30, 2005
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If you have a previous knowledge of any other programming language and you want to switch to java, then this the right book for you,,,

The way the author explains stuff is brilliant,, If you are looking for java in one book, then this is the right book for you,,,
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mingdong he on November 3, 2006
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I thought I have fine Java knowledge, actually I already knew most stuff in this book exception some new things from Java 5. But the way these authors present Java language in such a simple, clean way make me felt I was overconfident about my Java knowledge. I believe this book benefits more for experienced Java programmer than newbie. It's terrific for beginners too, save you lots of fluff.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. on August 14, 2006
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This book presents the basics of the Java programming language. Java is an object-oriented programming language, with a syntax inspired from the C and C++ programming languages [1, 2]. An important distinction must be made between the different parts of what is traditionally referred to as Java. Java is made of four parts: Java the programming language [3], Java the virtual machine [4], Java the standard set of libraries [5], and Java the specifications [6, 7]. This book is about the programming language.

The Java language basics covered in this book include classes and objects, fields, constants, constructors, methods, parameters, variables, arrays, strings, character sets, comments, garbage collection and memory management, inheritance, access controls, method overloading, interfaces, exceptions, packages, object cloning, primitive data types and their wrapper objects, type conversion, literals, arithmetic and conditional operators, statements and blocks, multithreading, file and network input/output streams, collections, observables, date and time, randomization, string tokenization, system properties, system calls, security, mathematics, and Java-to-C/C++ mapping. Additions to the fourth edition include the new J2SE 5.0 features, including generics, enums, annotations, assertions, and regular expressions. With so many bacics and the latest features, this book establishes as a comprehensive coverage of the Java programming language essentials, as for the 5.0 version of the Java 2 Standard Edition platform.

The authors of this book are also the co-founders of the Java language. Therefore, their authorship makes the book a de facto reference. Nevertheless, the discourse register hesitates between authoritative descriptions and the will to explain.
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