Java in a Nutshell

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With more than 700,000 copies sold to date, Java in a Nutshell from O'Reilly is clearly the favorite resource amongst the legion of developers and programmers using Java technology. And now, with the release of the 5.0 version of Java, O'Reilly has given the book that defined the "in a Nutshell" category another impressive tune-up.

In this latest revision, readers will find Java in a Nutshell, 5th Edition, does more than just cover the extensive changes implicit in 5.0, the ...

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Overview

With more than 700,000 copies sold to date, Java in a Nutshell from O'Reilly is clearly the favorite resource amongst the legion of developers and programmers using Java technology. And now, with the release of the 5.0 version of Java, O'Reilly has given the book that defined the "in a Nutshell" category another impressive tune-up.

In this latest revision, readers will find Java in a Nutshell, 5th Edition, does more than just cover the extensive changes implicit in 5.0, the newest version of Java. It's undergone a complete makeover—in scope, size, and type of coverage—in order to more closely meet the needs of the modern Java programmer.

To wit, Java in a Nutshell, 5th Edition now places less emphasis on coming to Java from C and C++, and adds more discussion on tools and frameworks. It also offers new code examples to illustrate the working of APIs, and, of course, extensive coverage of Java 5.0. But faithful readers take comfort: it still hasn't lost any of its core elements that made it such a classic to begin with.

This handy reference gets right to the heart of the program with an accelerated introduction to the Javaprogramming language and its key APIs—ideal for developers wishing to start writing code right away. And, as was the case in previous editions, Java in a Nutshell, 5th Edition is once again chock-full of poignant tips, techniques, examples, and practical advice. For as longas Java has existed, Java in a Nutshell has helped developers maximize the capabilities of the program's newest versions. And this latest edition is no different.

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Library Journal
O'Reilly books are rarely for neophytes, but advanced users swear by them, and these will be no exception. Englander covers a hot Java subtopic for students, programmers, and professionals already familar with Java and object-oriented programming. He discusses events, event adapters, properties, persistence, java archive files, the BeanBox tool, property editors, ActiveX, and the java.beans Package. Flanagan's work is the book Java programmers want nearby when they are at the keyboard. A complete ready-reference work, this belongs in all collections supporting programmers. Java is a constantly changing language so Nutshell will be coming out often with new editions; always have the newest one on hand. Reese goes beyond simple applet design to relational databases, SQL, object-oriented database applications, application servers, and remote object manipulation. The examples used throughout the book are based on a banking application designed in Java.
Library Journal
O'Reilly books are rarely for neophytes, but advanced users swear by them, and these will be no exception. Englander covers a hot Java subtopic for students, programmers, and professionals already familar with Java and object-oriented programming. He discusses events, event adapters, properties, persistence, java archive files, the BeanBox tool, property editors, ActiveX, and the java.beans Package. Flanagan's work is the book Java programmers want nearby when they are at the keyboard. A complete ready-reference work, this belongs in all collections supporting programmers. Java is a constantly changing language so Nutshell will be coming out often with new editions; always have the newest one on hand. Reese goes beyond simple applet design to relational databases, SQL, object-oriented database applications, application servers, and remote object manipulation. The examples used throughout the book are based on a banking application designed in Java.
Booknews
The second edition contains an introduction to key Java concepts, descriptions of all classes in the core Java 1.1 API, and a description of the syntax of the Java language. It also includes an advanced introduction to Java for C and C++ programmers; an overview of all the new features in Java 1.1, both on a package-by-package basis and in terms of overall functionality; a tutorial on inner classes, explaining how to use all the new types of inner classes; and a quick reference for all classes, methods, and variables in the core Java 1.1 API.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596007737
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Series: In a Nutshell (O'Reilly) Series
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 1256
  • Sales rank: 350,792
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 2.21 (d)

Meet the Author

David Flanagan is a computer programmer who spends most of his time writing about JavaScript and Java. His books with O'Reilly include Java in a Nutshell, Java Examples in a Nutshell, Java Foundation Classes in a Nutshell, JavaScript: The Definitive Guide, and JavaScript Pocket Reference. David has a degree in computer science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He lives with his wife and children in the U.S. Pacific Northwest bewteen the cities of Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. David has a blog at www.davidflanagan.com.

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Table of Contents

Dedication;
Preface;
Changes in the Fifth Edition;
Contents of This Book;
Related Books;
Examples Online;
Conventions Used in This Book;
Request for Comments;
How the Quick Reference Is Generated;
Acknowledgments;
Part I: Introducing Java;
Chapter 1: Introduction;
1.1 What Is Java?;
1.2 Key Benefits of Java;
1.3 An Example Program;
Chapter 2: Java Syntax from the Ground Up;
2.1 Java Programs from the Top Down;
2.2 Lexical Structure;
2.3 Primitive Data Types;
2.4 Expressions and Operators;
2.5 Statements;
2.6 Methods;
2.7 Classes and Objects Introduced;
2.8 Arrays;
2.9 Reference Types;
2.10 Packages and the Java Namespace;
2.11 Java File Structure;
2.12 Defining and Running Java Programs;
2.13 Differences Between C and Java;
Chapter 3: Object-Oriented Programming in Java;
3.1 Class Definition Syntax;
3.2 Fields and Methods;
3.3 Creating and Initializing Objects;
3.4 Destroying and Finalizing Objects;
3.5 Subclasses and Inheritance;
3.6 Data Hiding and Encapsulation;
3.7 Abstract Classes and Methods;
3.8 Important Methods of java.lang.Object;
3.9 Interfaces;
3.10 Nested Types;
3.11 Modifier Summary;
3.12 C++ Features Not Found in Java;
Chapter 4: Java 5.0 Language Features;
4.1 Generic Types;
4.2 Enumerated Types;
4.3 Annotations;
Chapter 5: The Java Platform;
5.1 Java Platform Overview;
5.2 Text;
5.3 Numbers and Math;
5.4 Dates and Times;
5.5 Arrays;
5.6 Collections;
5.7 Threads and Concurrency;
5.8 Files and Directories;
5.9 Input/Output with java.io;
5.10 Networking with java.net;
5.11 I/O and Networking with java.nio;
5.12 XML;
5.13 Types, Reflection, and Dynamic Loading;
5.14 Object Persistence;
5.15 Security;
5.16 Cryptography;
5.17 Miscellaneous Platform Features;
Chapter 6: Java Security;
6.1 Security Risks;
6.2 Java VM Security and Class File Verification;
6.3 Authentication and Cryptography;
6.4 Access Control;
6.5 Security for Everyone;
6.6 Permission Classes;
Chapter 7: Programming and Documentation Conventions;
7.1 Naming and Capitalization Conventions;
7.2 Portability Conventions and Pure Java Rules;
7.3 Java Documentation Comments;
7.4 JavaBeans Conventions;
Chapter 8: Java Development Tools;
Part II: API Quick Reference;
Chapter 9: java.io;
Chapter 10: java.lang and Subpackages;
Chapter 11: java.math;
Chapter 12: java.net;
Chapter 13: java.nio and Subpackages;
Chapter 14: java.security and Subpackages;
Chapter 15: java.text;
Chapter 16: java.util and Subpackages;
Chapter 17: javax.crypto and Subpackages;
Chapter 18: javax.net and javax.net.ssl;
Chapter 19: javax.security.auth and Subpackages;
Chapter 20: javax.xml and Subpackages;
Chapter 21: org.w3c.dom;
Chapter 22: org.xml.sax and Subpackages;
Chapter 23: Class, Method, and Field Index;
23.1 A;
23.2 B;
23.3 C;
23.4 D;
23.5 E;
23.6 F;
23.7 G;
23.8 H;
23.9 I;
23.10 J;
23.11 K;
23.12 L;
23.13 M;
23.14 N;
23.15 O;
23.16 P;
23.17 Q;
23.18 R;
23.19 S;
23.20 T;
23.21 U;
23.22 V;
23.23 W;
23.24 X;
23.25 Y;
23.26 Z;
Colophon;

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

    It's a Reference, how much can you say?

    I bought the book; I'll use it when I need to reference specific classes of functionality. It's not like I'm using it everyday.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2007

    Not for the Faint of Heart

    The subject of this book is presented in a direct, technical, no-nonsense manner. The information is very useful to those with a technical background - especially in programming. Those just starting out would probably be better served by approaching this subject at a lower level. For those with experience, everything is there (although, at times it does get a little dry).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2005

    good sign of Java's vitality

    Recently, Sun gave us a significant upgrade to Java - the release of Java 5. A slew of the inevitable bug fixes. But also key new features, as explained here by Flanagan in the 5th edition of his long running reference. Some new abilities lead to notational simplification, like autoboxing. So if k is an Integer, you can now say 'k=5' instead of the clumsier 'k=new Integer(5)'. With a similar inverse process if q is an int, of being able to write 'q=k' rather than 'q=k.intValue()'. Though of course the older forms are still valid, for backward compatibility. Hey, varargs are now allowed! Much to the pleasure of some of you who came from C programming and used this nice feature. Ever since Java came out, there has been a continual, albeit quiet, push for varargs. Finally! By now, experienced Java programmers may be familiar with earlier versions of the book. There may be mild astonishment at the sheer heft of this edition. Thanks to its popularity, Java has bulked up in the number and scope of its classes. The book is a reassuring sign of Java's vitality.

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