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Hello World(s) -- From Code to Culture: A 10 Year Celebration of Java Technology Hardcover – October 16, 2005
From the Back Cover
2005 marks t he 10th birthday of Java technology. Starting out as just a programming language, Java technology has exploded into a ubiquitous technology platform that today touches the lives of people everywhere. The 10th birthday celebration book tells the story of how Java technology came to influence technologists, then businesses, then consumers, and now has become the predominate software on the planet.
In the early 1990s, a small group of us from Sun Microsystems were given the opportunity to spend all of our time thinking of what "the next big thing in technology" would be. What we created was a hardware-independent software platform unlike any other. We thought it was pretty cool, and so did our developer friends. But at that time, I don't think that any of us really had any idea of what we had done, not to mention how it would change the world. I certainly know I didn't.
Of course, it wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for the Java developer community. Developers are the ones who made the technology a success over the years. Their ingenuity, creativity, and millions of hours of contributed help has made the platform what it is today. We're lucky to have millions of developers constantly driving it forward into the future.
Every day I hear about new and cool uses for Java technology. I'm gratified, and still constantly amazed.
James Gosling "Father of Java"
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Top customer reviews
Beautiful book with great pictures and history - quick read but you will understand what why it is on everything from phones to mainframe computers.
The book takes you to the splitting of Java into three targeted platforms, and to where we are today, which is Java Everywhere: Phones, smart cards, PC's, the Internet. There are also lots of pretty interesting tidbits of information. Lots of it I knew, but there are quite a few odds and ends I did not know. For example, this book tells you what names for the language preceded Java, and why Java was ultimately the name that stuck.
This being a book by Sun intended to celebrate Java's tenth birthday, there's not much in here about what bothers people about the language. For example, don't expect discussions on the problems caused by the language carrying its Virtual Machine wherever it goes, and that Java's "write once run everywhere" GUI's can often turn into "write once, debug everywhere" GUI's. However, there's no denying that this language has been and can be downright fun to use - no PR-based coffeetable book could invent that fact out of thin air. Also, it is much easier to use than C++ even if they are suited for different types of tasks.
At any rate, reading this book has resulted in some serious flashbacks for me anyway, since I've been using the language from the beginning. This is a pretty light but interesting book that will get you remembering and thinking about Java's progress over the years, which is probably the reason Sun produced it in the first place.
Indeed, the book shows at a nontechnical level how Java has largely delivered on this promise. More so than any other alternative. However, the book is rather sparse on technical details. Or even about the personalities like Joy and Gosling. It is a coffeetable book. Rendered somewhat bland because Sun itself put it out. Sure, the text has all sorts of free flowing and casual phrases. But there is very little of substantive details. Not just about the technical aspects.
What we still need is a book that goes into far more detail about how we went from Oak to Java. It need not necessarily have to have a lot of programming level information. But it should also give insight into the key players. Along with commentary on how Java has actually and ironically delivered little in significant tangible revenue to Sun. Though, to be sure, it has helped give Sun immense mindshare in the programming crowd. That book would need to be written by someone independent of Sun.
Contents: The World of Possibilities; The World of Choice; The World of Curiosity; The World of Community; The World of Adoption; The World of Inevitability; The World of Today; The World of Tomorrow
I had a real hard time trying to figure out how to frame this book. From a visual perspective, it's very nice. Heavy page stock, colorful graphics, and unique page layout. On the other hand, after you've spent 30 minutes reading through the approximately 100 pages, you'll wonder what you should do with the book now. Then I noticed the "author"... Sun Microsystems. This is one of those coffee table books produced by the company who owns the subject matter, and it's the type of book you can give to clients and other tech geeks who are part of the Java movement. Given that framing, I understand its function and am inclined to cut it a bit more slack in terms of reviewer rating.
There's nothing in here that you probably haven't already heard in other books on Java. Granted, this style of book allows for more color and background as to what was going on at the time, and what some of the players were thinking during crucial moments in Java's history. I enjoyed reading it, but I was a bit surprised that all the "historical" material that revolved around dates seemed to end at 1999 or so. I almost felt like this was a dot.com era book that finally made it off someone's pet project list after three or four years, but that wasn't updated with more current events.
So, do you run out and buy this book? Depends... If someone *gives* you a copy, by all means take it and enjoy. Heck, stick it on your coffee table with pride (after you move the pizza boxes off). But if you're looking for in-depth analysis and historical perspective on Java, you'll likely end up walking away feeling less than satisfied...