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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2003

    This book has earned a valued place on my reference shelf

    The Java Cookbook is a collection of hundreds of solutions to problems that Java programmers frequently face. The book assumes that the reader is familiar with Java. The book aims at the Java 2 platform. The recipes range from simple tasks to entire programs that for example demonstrate how to use the incorporate email into your application. The book is organized in a simple, clear and easy to read style. The first couple of chapters provide an an introduction to compiling, running, debugging and interacting with the environment then goes on to discussing the core API's like Strings, Arrays, Wrappers, Files I/O, Collections, AWT etc. before moving on to advanced topics like server side Java, database JDBC access, RMI, mutithreaded applications, native code interactions, XML applications, Enterprise Java (J2EE) etc. Overall a very good book and handy reference for development with Java. However, the book does provide lop sided coverage providing lots of coverage in certain areas like JavaMail but very little on JSP, Servlets, XML and almost nothing on Web Services. J2EE and other server side developers are sure to be disappointed. There is negligible discussion on design patterns. However, no other single book does as much to demonstrate with examples Java's capabilities in such a nutshell. A handy reference to have in your shelf.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2002

    Excellent reference

    I had been searching for a good book that served as a reference for short snippets of code, similar to what ¿The Visual Basic 6 Black Book¿ did for VB and my understanding of it. I had seen ¿Java Black Book¿ at bookstores, but really was hesitant on purchasing it after seeing an unkind review for it. After mentioning this to someone, he loaned me his copy of Java Cookbook so that I would see what it was like. A few days later, I was returning his copy because I had already obtained my own. I was sold!!<P> There is tremendous amounts of detail in this book, starting from the author¿s own package of goodies, to small routines adapted from other texts on programming (and giving due credit to these references), to extended examples of code that solve a myriad of problems. All of the code is downloadable from the `Net. The table of contents, 5.5 pages long, lists a condensed one-line description for each piece of code in the book.<P> But the book is not only code. The descriptions themselves of the code are practical and helpful as well, explaining reasons behind design decisions for certain structures. I¿ve created my own version of some of his programs (a Roman-numeral class he develops seems to do well in writing them out, but not at reading them. Strange topic to adapt, but I just wanted to challenge myself.) and found that I like mine better, but I¿d probably never have gotten around to doing such until I saw his routines.<P> All in all, this book is a prize possession, and one I¿d like to recommend very heartily.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2001

    Java Cookbook: An Excellent Read

    The Java Cookbook is arguably the best book ever written on the Java programming language. It provides an in depth discussion of most of the technologies available in the Java programming environment without bogging the reader down in too much minutiae. It is an excellent text for introductory computer science courses. It is also an indispensable reference manual for experienced Java programmers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2001

    Java To Go!

    If I¿d had this book two years ago, I would have saved myself weeks of work. As a software developer of some twenty years, I find that the ever-present problem of `looking things up¿ is the major factor that impedes progress. I¿ve spent hours trying to track down `how-to¿ solutions only to find in the end all that¿s required is a few elusive lines of code. Well, the Java Cookbook is filled with such code along with insightful explanations. I¿m impressed by how comprehensive the coverage is: 26 chapters covering such things as file i/o, Swing, RMI, applets, Java Servlets, JSP, e-mail, JDBC, XML, multi-threading¿ At 48 pages, the index is HUGE, just what you need to look things up! The author assumes you know Java but not as well as you ought to! He explains all those things that I really should know but I never get around to figuring out properly: the correct handling of dates/times, internationalization, floating point numbers, etc. Thankfully, the book is concise and easy to read so you can quickly plug a bunch of gaps in your knowledge by browsing over chapters. This book will quickly pay for itself. Enjoy.

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