- Paperback: 1150 pages
- Publisher: Prentice Hall; 4 edition (February 20, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0131872486
- ISBN-13: 978-0131872486
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.9 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 377 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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""Thinking in Java" should be read cover to cover by every Java programmer, then kept close at hand for frequent reference. The exercises are challenging, and the chapter on Collections is superb! Not only did this book help me to pass the Sun Certified Java Programmer exam; it's also the first book I turn to whenever I have a Java question."
"--Jim Pleger, Loudoun County (Virginia) Government"""Much" better than any other Java book I've seen. Make that 'by an order of magnitude'.... Very complete, with excellent right-to-the-point examples and intelligent, not dumbed-down, explanations.... In contrast to many other Java books I found it to be unusually mature, consistent, intellectually honest, well-written, and precise. IMHO, an ideal book for studying Java."
"--Anatoly Vorobey, Technion University, Haifa, Israel""Absolutely one of the best programming tutorials I've seen for any language."
"--Joakim Ziegler, FIX sysop""Thank you again for your awesome book. I was really floundering (being a non-C programmer), but your book has brought me up to speed as fast as I could read it. It's really cool to be able to understand the underlying principles and concepts from the start, rather than having to try to build that conceptual model through trial and error. Hopefully I will be able to attend your seminar in the not-too-distant future."
"--Randall R. Hawley, automation technician, Eli Lilly & Co.""This is one of the best books I've read about a programming language.... The best book ever written on Java."
"--Ravindra Pai, Oracle Corporation, SUNOS product line""Bruce, your book is wonderful! Your explanations are clear and direct. Through your fantastic book I have gained a tremendous amount of Java knowledge. The exercises are also "fantastic" and do an excellent job reinforcing the ideas explained throughout the chapters. I look forward to reading more books written by you. Thank you for the tremendous service that you are providing by writing such great books. My code will be much better after reading "Thinking in Java." I thank you and I'm sure any programmers who will have to maintain my code are also grateful to you."
"--Yvonne Watkins, Java artisan, Discover Technologies, Inc.""Other books cover the "what" of Java (describing the syntax and the libraries) or the "how" of Java (practical programming examples). "Thinking in Java" is the only book I know that explains the "why" of Java: Why it was designed the way it was, why it works the way it does, why it sometimes doesn't work, why it's better than C++, why it's not. Although it also does a good job of teaching the what and how of the language, "Thinking in Java" is definitely the thinking person's choice in a Java book."
"--Robert S. Stephenson"Awards for "Thinking in Java"2003 "Software Development Magazine" Jolt Award for Best Book
2003 "Java Developer's Journal" Reader's Choice Award for Best Book
2001 "JavaWorld" Editor's Choice Award for Best Book
2000 "JavaWorld" Reader's Choice Award for Best Book
1999 "Software Development Magazine" Productivity Award
1998 "Java Developer's Journal" Editor's Choice Award for Best Book
"Thinking in Java" has earned raves from programmers worldwide for its extraordinary clarity, careful organization, and small, direct programming examples. From the fundamentals of Java syntax to its most advanced features, "Thinking in Java" is designed to teach, one simple step at a time.The classic object-oriented introduction for beginners and experts alike, fully updated for Java SE5/6 with many new examples and chapters!Test framework shows program output.Design patterns are shown with multiple examples throughout: Adapter, Bridge, Chain of Responsibility, Command, Decorator, Facade, Factory Method, Flyweight, Iterator, Data Transfer Object, Null Object, Proxy, Singleton, State, Strategy, Template Method, and Visitor.Introduction to XML for data transfer; SWT, Flash for user interfaces.Completely rewritten concurrency chapter gives you a solid grasp of threading fundamentals.500+ working Java programs in 700+ compiling files, rewritten for this edition and Java SE5/6.Companion web site includes all source code, annotated solution guide, weblog, and multimedia seminars.Thorough coverage of fundamentals; demonstrates advanced topics.Explains sound object-oriented principles."Hands-On Java Seminar CD" available online, with full multimedia seminar by Bruce Eckel.Live seminars, consulting, and reviews available. "See" www.MindView.net
Download seven free sample chapters from "Thinking in Java, Fourth Edition." Visit http: //mindview.net/Books/TIJ4.
About the Author
Bruce Eckel is president of MindView, Inc. (www.MindView.net), which provides public and private training seminars, consulting, mentoring, and design reviews in object-oriented technology and design patterns. He is the author of several books, has written more than fifty articles, and has given lectures and seminars throughout the world for more than twenty years. Bruce has served as a voting member of the C++ Standards Committee. He holds a B.S. in applied physics and an M.S. in computer engineering.
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All chapters are great, but in my case I found really interested Chapter 8 (Interfaces & Inner Classes), which I think has a deep and interesting analisys.
On the other hand, what I don't like about this book is the very commont reference to a book that does not exist (at least has not been published ...as the author says). I hope the "Thinking In Enterprise Java" book to be available soon, or I will be dissapointed with this author.
Also, I hope a final printed revision of "Thinking In Patterns with Java", although I know the author is planning the book with Python instead of Java.
A lot of the reviews seem to highlight that this is a hard book to get through which I would agree, which is why I purchased both books. The "Java A Beginner's" book outlines the MAIN POINTS to know for each topic but leaves spaces to branch out for further study and research.
For example the chapter on generics was only about 40 pages in "Java A Beginner's" vs 120 in "Thinking in Java". What the "Java A Beginner's" book did was start small explaining more in depth of what generics are and starting with a simple generics example. Not taking anything away from the "Thinking in Java" book but it seems to dive deeper much faster which is where I think some of the confusion comes from.
All in all, "Thinking in Java" was a well written book and can also be used as a future reference book, it gives plenty of detail and depth to make sure you really understand the concepts thoroughly. That being said, both books are not really for an absolute beginners but perhaps people with a little programming background. This doesn't have to be years of training but maybe knowing the fundamentals. If you are new to programming I would just make sure that you fully understand a topic before moving on or you will be stuck and not absorb much needed information given in later chapters.
I reccomend buying book in english, since translation can be tricky, at least the one published in my country.
Id say Eckel doesn't choose so obvious examples for what he wants to explain, and he lacks finesse in writing so you have to read REAL slow, but this book is Ok so far I've read it.
Second thing I don't like is how Eckel chose to put stuff together: in one chapter, he begins wih constructors, then goes to explain finalize command, then to explain static. He does relatively good job, but he could structure book better.
Now, when you add 20 bucks for exercise solutions and then some for hardcopy of book, Isn't that a little too much? Couldn't they sell the book and give away free CD/PDF file with solutions of homework questions? Or write answers at the end of the book? This reminds me of selling someone bycicle with flat tires or with no seat...
I wouldn't reccomend this book to newbies in world of obj oriented languages. When you become little more experienced (buy two books from Barry Burd, Java for Dummies one and two)or attend some Java classes, start reading Eckel and you will understand it.
After reading half of the book, I really got dissapointed in Chapter 9 , Holding Objects. Writer assumed, I guess, that everyone is software engineer or programer, so he doesnt start with lists, sets and maps, but with HIS code that uses Java classes. You either have to read it 4 times, OR ask for help OR know things before reading. Thanx god Eckel wrote good exercises, but one warning: there are some exercises which use constructors never mentioned, so you have to go to [...] or ask around.
Ok, after chap 9 I had to hurry up and skipped some stuff I didn't need. It seems chapters after 9 are more understandable. I didn't have time to read whole book and do all homeworks, but ok, I still think it is deepest I have concerning Java.
As a longtime programmer, getting re-acquainted with Java, Eckel is able to fuse conceptual theory with practical examples. The code is just the right nugget size to make each example fully understandable. His writing style is professional, authoritative yet doesn't suffer from condescension. In addition, the "simpletest.Test" class is a welcome bonus that can be leveraged for unit testing in real-world applications.
My only criticism involves the presentation in hard-copy form. Perhaps because he used MS Word XP, some of the characters weren't rendered properly in the camera-ready pages he provided to Prentice-Hall. (See the table at the top of page 87 for an example). That aside, this is a a must-have in your Java library.
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1. this book is easy to read, if you are already familiar with JAVA, or other types of object-oriented language.Read more