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Everything you ever wanted to know about collections and generics...,
This review is from: Java Generics and Collections (Paperback)
This is one of the most in-depth books on the Java topics of generics and collections... Java Generics and Collections, by Maurice Naftalin and Philip Wadler. It covers the gamut from the basics to advanced...
Part 1 - Generics: Introduction; Subtyping and Wildcards; Comparison and Bounds; Declarations; Evolution, Not Revolution; Reification; Reflection; Effective Generics; Design Patterns
Part 2 - Collections: The Main Interfaces of the Java Collections Framework; Preliminaries; The Collection Interface; Sets; Queues; Lists; Maps; The Collections Class; Index
There have been quite a few books out that deal with the new Java 5.0 features, of which generics and collections are the featured items. But few go past the basics and common usage. Naftalin and Wadler devote this entire book to just those new features, which means they can spend a lot more time diving into the guts of how they work. There are nice "before generics" and "after generics" comparisons in the one section, so you can see how current coding styles can be enhanced and modified. I also liked how some basic design patterns were used to show how generics can be incorporated into standard designs. The collections material is just as helpful. Each type of collection is covered in detail, both for the reference on how it's coded as well as diagrams to show the architecture of that type of list. Again, when you get done with the section, there shouldn't be too many questions and issues surrounding collections that you can't answer or at least figure out.
Solid material, and definitely a title you'll want to have around when you start playing around with generics and collections...