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If you're a Java programmer, why reinvent the wheel? By now, someone has created elegant solutions for many of the most troublesome problems you're likely to face. That someone is Ian Darwin, whose Java Cookbook offers nearly 900 pages of rip-and-run code snippets, covering everything from regular expressions to RMI, from data structures to servlets.
Darwin's modeled his book on O'Reilly's legendary Perl Cookbook. That's a very high standard he's set for himself -- and he's lived up to it. His range is extraordinary and includes plenty of examples for the hottest areas of Java development.
Working with XML for the first time? You'll find concise, easy-to-borrow code for the tasks you'll need to perform right away: parsing XML with SAX and/or DOM, verifying structure, generating new XML, and transforming XML with XSLT. Building server-side web apps? There's code for setting cookies, tracking sessions, presenting dynamic pages, even generating PDF from a servlet. (In this chapter, Darwin even throws in Java code for a skeleton "news portal" site, à la Slashdot.)
Java Cookbook contains practical solutions for areas of Java you may have barely touched. Need to mail-enable your apps? Work more effectively with threads? Call Java from native code? Use introspection? Internationalize your software? Read or write compressed files? Make the most of Java's underutilized pattern-matching capabilities? It's all here. If you don't have time to waste, waste no time getting Java Cookbook. (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.