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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2004

    show advantages of Java 1.5

    [A review of the 3RD EDITION 2004]. The promise of this book over its earlier editions is the inclusion of the new threading classes under Java 1.5, which is now renamed J2SE 5.0. Personally I think the new acronym is forbidding to newcomers. Just like the HP snake workstations which it called [eg] HP9000/720. If you are migrating to 1.5, then it is at least worth your time to see the new threading and what you can do with it. Like the thread pooling and task scheduling. The intent is to free you from having to hand craft what Sun regards as often needed threading utility functions. And so each developer does not need to waste her time independently recoding. Sun has performed a little refactoring, at the language level. But if you are happy sitting on 1.4, and already have the 2nd edition of this book, then I can't say you really need this edition. Unless you want to see possible advantages in threading if you move. By the way, the book may say threading in Java is easier than in other languages. But that does not mean that threading is easy. The book can give you some appreciation of the nuances involved. In many ways, the issues in the book are far harder than [say] some book on building a UI with Java.

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