Core Java for the Impatient 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
If you're new to software development this is not the book for you. If you're looking for Java EE, this is not the book for you.
There is a decent emphasis on Java 8 features, and the authors mentions legacy features only when you might encounter them. The descriptions were good about why some methods became deprecated. Lambdas, streams, and the new concurrency libraries each get their own chapter.
The amount of code shown was just right. There are examples when you need them and they tend to be concise and to the point. Well written sentences and structures made this a pleasure to read.
The author assumes you are familiar with programming concepts already. The book covers only the core language. I thought this singular focus on the language worked really well.
With that caveat, this book is well-written:
- Well-organized (the author has written extensively on Java) and to the point.
- Key OO concepts are directly and concisely explained - the author assumes that the reader already understands basic programming concepts, such as variables, program flow control, etc.
- The author focuses on concepts that are unique to Java.
Kindle Version Issue:
I think that whoever is responsible for converting books to the Kindle format should pay attention to font color, esp when using the Windows Kindle app. Unfortunately, the font used for code samples is so light that it's nearly impossible to read. The book website, however, provides downloadable files that contain the code referenced in the book, which can be pasted into an IDE, where the IDE's color scheme (i.e. reserved words, variable names, etc. all have different colors) make it quite easy to study.
The Kindle for Android is a bit easier to read, as the contrast for code samples is a little darker.
I think this is a Kindle issue, and not specific to this book - for whatever reason, the Windows Kindle app seems like a neglected bastard child in the Amazon Kindle world...
I hope the author does this style of book again when jigsaw comes out!
My only complaint is all the internal references in the kindle book and "click to view code image" links. There was a lot of wasted space there.