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The Well-Grounded Java Developer: Vital techniques of Java 7 and polyglot programming [Paperback]

Benjamin J Evans , Martijn Verburg
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Book Description

July 21, 2012 1617290068 978-1617290060 1


The Well-Grounded Java Developer offers a fresh and practical look at new Java 7 features, new JVM languages, and the array of supporting technologies you need for the next generation of Java-based software.

About the Book

The Well-Grounded Java Developer starts with thorough coverage of Java 7 features like try-with-resources and NIO.2. You'll then explore a cross-section of emerging JVM-based languages, including Groovy, Scala, and Clojure. You will find clear examples that are practical and that help you dig into dozens of valuable development techniques showcasing modern approaches to the dev process, concurrency, performance, and much more.

Written for readers familiar with Java. No experience with Java 7 or new JVM languages required.

Purchase of the print book comes with an offer of a free PDF, ePub, and Kindle eBook from Manning. Also available is all code from the book.

What's Inside
  • New Java 7 features
  • Tutorials on Groovy, Scala, and Clojure
  • Discovering multicore processing and concurrency
  • Functional programming with new JVM languages
  • Modern approaches to testing, build, and CI

Table of Contents

  1. Introducing Java 7
  2. New I/O
  4. Dependency Injection
  5. Modern concurrency
  6. Class files and bytecode
  7. Understanding performance tuning
  9. Alternative JVM languages
  10. Groovy: Java's dynamic friend
  11. Scala: powerful and concise
  12. Clojure: safer programming
  14. Test-driven development
  15. Build and continuous integration
  16. Rapid web development
  17. Staying well-grounded

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About the Author

Ben Evans is a Tech Fellow of jClarity, a Java performance firm and a member of the Java Community Process Executive Committee.

Martijn Verburg is the CEO of jClarity, a Java performance firm, co-leader of the London JUG, and a popular conference speaker.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (July 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617290068
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617290060
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Java 7, TDD, Concurrency, Polyglotism and Beyond July 24, 2012
The authors of Well Grounded Java Developer promise the reader a book that will help modernize their knowledge base, brush up on vital techniques, and learn a new language or two. Promise delivered!

The book is split into four parts. First part covers Java 7 with its new features, such as NIO, Project Coin that comes with the diamond operator, string in switch statements and try-with-resources features. With lots of clear examples, written in both Java 6 and 7, the book showcases the new features and what problems they attempt to solve.

While part one covered new language features, part two focuses on universal practices and methodologies vital to any developer regardless of experience. Among the covered topics: TDD, CI, DI and the Java implementation of javax.inject, performance tuning, and modern concurrency.

Part three of the book is for those of us who believe in and/or want know about polyglotism. It provides an easy starting point to a number of languages without neither overwhelming novices, nor boring the experienced. The book has chapters on Scala, Groovy and Clojure. I bought this book a little over a week ago and now halfway through part three but did briefly skim thought the fourth part of the book. In this final part, the focus is on applying everything from previous three parts into creating a new project; it dedicates a whole chapter on TDD highlighting its paramount importance in modern software development. I will update the review with more details after finishing this part.

The best thing about this book is that it will inspire you to take part in the evolution of JVM ecosystem currently underway. After all, a well grounded java developer would :)
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good model for modern Java August 12, 2012
The Well Grounded Java Developer is a welcome addition to the library of this work-a-day Java developer. I think I acquired this title for its promise to introduce features new to Java 7, which it does, but I find much more value than just this. As new concepts and techniques are introduced, the code samples demonstrate not only the new idea, but also the implementation of the various enhancements Java 7 provides. In other words, the code samples in this book look like Java 7 code from top to bottom, rather than Java 6 code with a sore thumb. Throughout the second section, you see code that uses the Path abstraction, multi-catch, underscores in number literals, and the other features that were introduced in Part 1.

Section 2 contains a lot of information that is new to me. As a Java developer incubated in a corporate setting, I have been nurtured to produce code, more than to understand it.

Chapter 3 discusses IoC and DI usefully. I am, just as the authors anticipated, one who probably heard the term Spring before I heard the term Inversion of Control. This chapter makes DI make sense as a design solution with many possible implementations, including Guice 3, the RI for JSR-330.

Chapter 4 discusses concurrency. The authors stress the inevitability of the rising importance of concurrency programming as multicore CPU's become standard. They discuss the advantages of immutability in the context of concurrency, foreshadowing the rise of functional programming styles and languages for the JVM. See for example the Callable interface, which they describe as "the closest that Java 7 gets to having functions as first-class objects." They laud java.util.concurrent, and elucidate Atomic and Locks.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well balance in its breadth, somehow lacking in depth September 30, 2013
If you have ever had the chance to witness the live performance of the authors, you know what a dynamic duo they are, taking a no nonsense, pragmatic and very down to earth attitude towards the perils and treasures of modern day Java development. It is easy to see that almost every page of 'The Well-Grounded Java Developer' is full of that energy.

The world of Java development is wide and this book is very well balanced in its selection of topics. In other words, almost any serious Java development team would would welcome a new developer well versed in the topics of this book, or to put it differently, unless you don't know much about most of those topics, do not consider yourself fit for a sharp and focused Java development team.

Having said that, the breadth and the depth of the Java and JVM world makes this book look like a relatively large tip of an iceberg. Most of the chapters provide a solid starting point, but for example, when it comes to performance analysis and evaluation, you will be much better off with an in-depth study such as Java Performance. Or when it comes to explaining IoC (Inversion of Control) and DI (Dependency Injection), you might feel like the exposition is made a little overcomplicated: you might be better off reading a proper tutorial on Guice or the relevant chapter from GWT in Action.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Deeper in the woods, the darker it gets
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction and explanation of new advanced concepts in Java 7
The best section is on Dependency Injection, followed by Polyglot section then new concurrency section. There are no bad sections.
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