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Java Cookbook, Second Edition

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2004

    Excellent resource

    This is an excellent book¿it manages to make itself appropriate for both introductory and experienced Java developers. If you¿ve ever looked at any of the books in O¿Reilly¿s ¿Cookbook¿ series, you¿ll know that the book is organized into ¿recipes¿, which illustrate how to accomplish various development tasks in Java. Many of the beginning recipes are pretty basic, but will be used by developers new to Java to get started. Recipes include setting up the IDE to work correctly, working with a debugger, and even an introduction to JUnit. The next few sections of recipes are similar to what you would expect from any ¿Learn to Program in Language¿ book. There is a discussion on strings and string use, numbers, and date time values. As the book progresses, the recipes become increasingly technical. I was quite impressed to see a discussion of Generics in chapter 8, which were added to 1.5. Additional technical recipes include I/O, graphics and sound, and using sockets in Java. The author is able to successfully discuss a lot of different topics in a very clear and concise way. Additionally, I was both pleased and surprised to see the author include brief discussions on software patterns and agile methodologies, both of which are very much coming into vogue. Naturally, this book isn¿t easy to read from cover to cover, but it was never designed that way. Much like an actual cookbook, it is designed to best be used as a reference manual. Experienced non-Java programmers will benefit from this book, which can be used as a good tutorial to learn the Java language quickly. Java programmers will also benefit greatly from this book, and will likely want to have it next to their computer as a reference manual. I would highly recommend this book to anyone either wanting to learn Java or anyone looking for a good Java reference book.

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