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Direct from the creators of the Java programming language, the completely revised fourth edition of The Java Programming Language is an indispensable resource for novice and advanced programmers alike.
Developers around the world have used previous editions to quickly gain a deep understanding of the Java programming language, its design goals, and how to use it most effectively in real-world development. Now, Ken Arnold, James Gosling, and David Holmes have updated this classic to reflect the major enhancements in Java 2 Standard Edition 5.0 (J2SE 5.0).
The authors systematically cover most classes in Javas main packages, java.lang.*, java.util, and java.io, presenting in-depth explanations of why these classes work as they do, with informative examples. Several new chapters and major sections have been added, and every chapter has been updated to reflect todays best practices for building robust, efficient, and maintainable Java software.
Key changes in this edition include
- New chapters on generics, enums, and annotations, the most powerful new language features introduced in J2SE 5.0
- Changes to classes and methods throughout to reflect the addition of generics
- Major new sections on assertions and regular expressions
- Coverage of all the new language features, from autoboxing and variable argument methods to the enhanced for-loop and covariant return types
- Coverage of key new classes, such as Formatter and Scanner
The Java Programming Language, Fourth Edition, is the definitive tutorial introduction to the Java language and essential libraries and an indispensable reference for all programmers, including those with extensive experience. It brings together insights you can only get from the creators of Java: insights that will help you write software of exceptional quality.
About the Author
Ken Arnold, formerly senior engineer at Sun Microsystems Laboratories, is a leading expert in object-oriented design and implementation. He was one of the original architects of the Jini™ technology, and the lead engineer of Sun's JavaSpaces™ technology.
James Gosling is a Fellow and Chief Technology Officer of Sun's Developer Products group, the creator of the Java programming language, and one of the computer industry's most noted programmers. He is the 1996 recipient of Software Development's "Programming Excellence Award." He previously developed NeWS, Sun's network-extensible window system, and was a principal in the Andrew project at Carnegie Mellon University, where he earned a Ph.D. in computer science.
David Holmes is director of DLTeCH Pty Ltd, located in Brisbane, Australia. He specializes in synchronization and concurrency and was a member of the JSR-166 expert group that developed the new concurrency utilities. He is also a contributor to the update of the Real-Time Specification for Java, and has spent the past few years working on an implementation of that specification.
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I was struck by the quality of the examples that illustrate subtle points. Frequently, other writers create examples of the obvious use of an API or language feature, and leave the esoteric features as an exercise for the reader. It's also amazing how simple exercises at the beginning of the book reappear later as the base for suggested modifications that illustrate deeper parts of the API. This is SO real world --- many times you find yourself changing old, simple code to be more robust, secure, and modern.
Expensive, but worth every penny. Kudos to the authors.
Be aware that a solid programming knowledge and at least a basic understanding of OOP is required; if you don't meet these criteria you may be better served by Ivo Horton's excellent book published by Wrox
This book doesn't just cover the language, but also some important libraries, with lots of good sample code and therefore makes a great desktop reference. The sample code is simple, as it should be because when you are scanning for an answer, you don't want a fully-fledged application example, but a snippet showing the usage idiom. However, this is not Java in a "nutshell", nor is it a pocket reference. Its a tome that you will come back to for many years unless Java changes significantly, like it did from 1.4 to 1.5.
If you are just starting out with Java, this book is overkill. It takes quite a bit of patience and maturity with programming before one can handle a book of such detail. However, if you've been playing around with Java for more than an year and want to work towards becoming an expert, this is an indispensable resource.
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