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What's New in Java 7? [Kindle Edition]

Madhusudhan Konda
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Java 7 has a number of features that will please developers. Madhusudhan Konda provides an overview of these, including strings in switch statements, multi-catch exception handling, try-with-resource statements, the new File System API, extensions of the JVM, support for dynamically-typed languages, and the fork and join framework for task parallelism.

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

This is an on-line article published on O'Reilly at (2nd Sept 2011). It does not constitute a book in any form but a condensed technical write-up on new features of Java 7. 
O'Reilly team has kindly prepared this article as a small booklet so it can be digested on your electronic readers for FREE. 
So, please do not expect full length chapters in this book - but cream of what Java 7 offers you.
Also. I would suggest reading the comments on the article on the above O'Reilly link.

Product Details

  • File Size: 146 KB
  • Print Length: 19 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (October 20, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005XSS8VC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,525 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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This book is a good idea as a quick survey of new features in Java 7, but it is missing a crucial piece. I don't mind that the author did not cover all features in in the survey, but it would have been useful for me see a complete list of other enhancements that were included in Java 7. This way I would know if I was interested in finding more details on something else. I looked up the release notes on the Oracle web site and including an index below in case someone will find that information useful for reference as well. For example, I have to deal with the mixed environment which has Java and non-Java languages, and there are enhancements in that area that are potentially critical for my needs: the Garbage-First Collector and JVM support for non-Java languages. I would have liked to see all areas mentioned, even if there were no additional details.

The areas the author covers are easy to understand and give you just enough details to know if these features are going to be useful/relevant.

From Oracle release notes, the following areas have enhancements in Java 7:
* Swing
* IO and New IO
* Networking
* Security
* Concurrency Utilities
* Rich Internet Applications (RIA)/Deployment
o Requesting and Customizing Applet Decoration in Dragg able Applets
o Embedding JNLP File in Applet Tag
o Deploying without Codebase
o Handling Applet Initialization Status with Event Handlers
* Java 2D
* Java XML - JAXP, JAXB, and JAX-WS
* Internationalization
* java.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny charged for it. October 27, 2011
By Dave
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The author may very well be an experienced Java programmer. That being the case, the only justification for the typos in this very slight intro to Java 7 is that he just threw it together without paying much attention or running the code.

An obvious example is his brief explanation of the new Path class. He suggests that if one uses:
Path path = Paths.get("c:\\Temp\\temp");

will return "temp.txt" which just isn't the case, it will return "temp" regardless (on Windows anyway) of whether or not there is a file that starts with that name or a folder that has that name or if there is nothing for the lowest level at all.

I've given this thing two stars rather than 1 because it isn't completely useless: If you want a brief (took me 10 minutes to glance through it) idea of what's new in 7, it works. Just don't look for anyting but the concepts. Almost any of the online intros to 7 would be better.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too short. Don't know why this book is here November 28, 2011
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This book should be deleted from Amazon. What a shame. The book is not even complete as most of the online reviews of Java 7 you can find using google
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time with this January 12, 2013
By TS 2912
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This 'book' is an incomplete list of Java 7 features. I would recommend getting this information directly from the 'horses mouth' instead [...]
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice try, but lacking November 24, 2012
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I like the concept of this book -- a short book of just what's different about the latest version of XYZ -- and think publishers should do more of that. I'm tired of buying $50 technical books to see what turns about to be 20 pages of new stuff and 200 pages of rehash.

So this 'book' gets a few stars from me for that. Where it falls short is that it's not complete and doesn't really say that, and it's ultimately an ad for other books. So if feels like a rip-off. It's free, so it's not a financial rip-off, but it took my time and attention and left me with what I think is the incorrect impression that there's not a lot new in Java 7.

I do think there's a market for pamphlet-sized books that sell for only a few bucks that assume you have knowledge of a product and just need to know what's new. This one isn't it.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars nothing you wouldn't find on a single web page December 13, 2011
By Ryan J.
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It's horrible that the author had chosen an image that is reminiscent of an O'Reilly book cover to trick buyers into purchasing this book.

The contents within could be found on any single webpage that discusses the new features of java because that's all this kindle book is.

It's not worth it...even free. Look elsewhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice overview June 14, 2014
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The book gives an excellent overview of the new Java 7 resources. It is written in an very comprehensive language.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good June 6, 2014
By Trevor
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This is definitely a good book on Java 7 - better than most I've read but, I don't think it's 100% complete either. There are a few topics that I feel the author left out that they could have explored or at least gone into more detail about. Would still recommend but, it's not your one-stop-shop for all things Java.
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More About the Author

I am Java Developer working in London, primarily with investment banks and financial organizations.

My goal is to deliver simple, straight-to-the-point with intuitive example driven page turner books! If you pick-up the book, you should finish it in a day or two utmost!

Having worked in enterprise and core Java for the last 13 years, my interests lie in distributed, multi-threaded, n-tier architectures. I have also experience in designing and developing high-frequency and low-latency application architectures.

I enjoy writing books, technical papers, mentoring, reviews and of course speaking at seminars/webinars.

When not involved in technical stuff, I do video recording and editing along with DVD authoring (I am using iMovie currently - have to move to Final Cut one day!) and setting up Video Streaming.

If you are in London, ping me (and perhaps buy me a coffee) for a meetup. Else, I am easily accessible via email ( or @mkonda007)


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