Today, you're going to do something new with Java. Maybe you'll use a Java package you've rarely worked with, or implement a different architecture, or perform a task that's unfamiliar to you. Where are you going to find the immediate solutions you need? In Java 2 Black Book, Second Edition.
Steven Holzner covers Java 2, Version 1.3 from soup to nuts, never hesitating to address complex techniques when necessary. Each chapter starts with a high-level introduction to the essence of its topic, leading to a series of specific techniques and code examples that address the challenges developers encounter most often.
If you're building programs with user interfaces, you'll find the book's 600-plus pages on AWT and Swing indispensable (and that's not counting the two bonus chapters on CD-ROM covering Swing tables, trees, and text components). There's extensive coverage of XML (both DOM and SAX); practical help with creating packages, interfaces, and JAR files; expert exception handling techniques, and much more. Java 2's too large for anyone to know it all, but with Java 2 Black Book, Second Edition, your solution is close at hand. (Bill Camarda)
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.