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Java Generics and Collections: Speed Up the Java Development Process Paperback – October 24, 2006
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"This is a very good book on two fairly focused topics - generics and collections. If you plan to make best use of either or both, buy a copy." - Ian Elliot, VSJ, April 2007
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Maurice Naftalin is Director of Software Development at Morningside Light Ltd., a software consultancy in the United Kingdom. Maurice consults mainly in object-oriented technologies and teaches Java classes part-time at Learning Tree. He has three decades' experience as a programmer, team leader, and commercial trainer.
Philip Wadler is a professor of theoretical computer science at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, where his research focuses on functional and logic programming. He co-authored the Generic Java standard that became the basis for generics in Sun's Java 5.0 and also contributed to the XQuery language standard base. Professor Wadler received his Ph.D., in computer science from Carnegie-Mellon University and co-wrote "Introduction to Functional Programming" (Prentice-Hall).
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When i first saw generics in Java i was befuddled to be honest, (to be erm, brutally honest, disappointed, since they are NOT like what really generics are capable, uh yea the Backwards compatibility logic..whatever). But still generics can considerably improve already existing code. There's a lot stuff out there with those list iterations and those nasty casts that you have to make... OK Enough if justification of Generics in Java, which btw isnt necessary, since your looking at this book anyways.
Book has 2 sections
1.) Generics (will explain everything about generics, with Design patterns that can be used and so forth).
2.)Collections Framework (Quite intense, explains everything sufficiently)
All in all, a great Buy.
It's comprehensive, sure... but the examples lean to near overkill on each topic in some areas. In other areas, there just isn't enough information or example code to really drive home the ideas.
It's average and worth the read. Not worth keeping around, though. It's one of those "read-once-then-give-it-to-a-friend" books. Like I said, though: you should definitely read this book if you're looking for more information on these topics. You'll just find yourself hitting resources online for more information in areas you are particularly interested in (concurrency w/ collections, for example).
I bought about 6 Java books including the Sun ones (language spec + "effective programming", both great).
This has been most useful as it's relatively short, covers up to Java 6 (sadly work we only use 5 as we're on mac os X). but it's like a quick ref to the "STL" of Java, at least how i see it .
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It is in fact, ridiculously concise. It may seem like a flimsy little workbook, but somehow a ton of information is fit in it.Read more