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Posted July 2, 2004
Keeps up the style of the first edition
[A review of the SECOND EDITION, 2004] The salient feature that distinguishes this second edition from its predecessor is the coverage of Java 1.5. The overall format of the book is unchanged. There are over 100 'hacks' that address common problems a Java programmer might face. The grouping of hacks into chapters is quite logical. But you are expected to already know the basics of Java programming. This book is not meant to teach that, but to help fill in gaps in your overall knowledge framework. The solutions are typically easy to understand. That is the tenor of the book. You can quickly see if a solution fits your needs and then easily apply it. The 1.5 features are sprinkled throughout the chapters. Because the numerous changes from 1.4 are distributed over many aspects of the language. So Darwin correctly chose not to aggregate these into one location. Which also means that this book is not the place to learn specifically about 1.5 as a whole. (Try 'Java 1.5 Tiger' by McLaughlin and Flanagan.)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.