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If you're a serious Java developer, this is big news: O'Reilly has bundled all four of David Flanagan's excellent hardcover Java references and tutorials together, at one great price.
There's Java in a Nutshell, now in its Third Edition and updated through the recently released Java 1.3. In this book, Flanagan presents a comprehensive quick reference to every core Java API (beans, math, lang, io, net, security, util, crypto, and more). He also presents a thoroughly rewritten, fast-paced, no-fluff introduction to Java -- one that no longer assumes you know any C or C++.
There's Java Foundation Classes in a Nutshell, offering a high-level tutorial and detailed quick-reference for all the APIs you need to build applications or applets with graphical user interfaces or graphics -- AWT, Swing, Java2D, printing and data transfer APIs (including drag-and-drop); plus the applet API (not technically part of JFC but critical to client-side programming).
Then, there's Java Enterprise in a Nutshell. In this book, Flanagan and three expert enterprise developers present a rapid tutorial and detailed quick reference covering most of Java 2 Enterprise Edition: Java Database Connectivity and SQL; CORBA and IDL, Remote Method Invocation, servlets, JNDI naming and directory services, Enterprise JavaBeans, transactions, and more.
Finally, there's the relentlessly useful Java Examples in a Nutshell, which illuminates Java's core APIs, graphics APIs, and enterprise APIs with more than 160 practical code examples.
The breadth of these examples is remarkable. There's simple stuff: basic sorts, string buffers, factorials, basic exception handling. There's practical, usable code for I/O, threads, networking, and Web interactivity. There are chapters on security and internationalization, reflection and object serialization, Java2D graphics, data transfer, JavaBeans, applets, RMI, SQL-based database access, and servlets and JavaServer Pages. There are even XML examples, using SAX2, DOM, and JDOM.
Together, these books represent an extraordinary resource for Java developers at all levels -- not to mention an exceptional value.(Bill Camarda)
Bill Camarda is a consultant and writer 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.