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Few programming books have been greeted with as much appreciation, relief, and flat-out love as Thinking in Java. For years, this classic has helped programmers understand Java at a far deeper level than virtually any other introductory book. Bruce Eckel hasn’t just revamped his new Fourth Edition to make the most of Java 5: he’s also tested and tweaked it against the brand-new Java 6 beta. The result may be the world’s best primer on contemporary Java programming: a book you’ll rely on for many years.
Eckel’s approach and organization have evolved from 20 years of leading in-person seminars. He sequences his material with exceptional care, so you’re never bewildered with ideas you haven’t been exposed to before. His examples are short and sweet, so you can understand each one completely before you move on. His exercises aren’t just relevant: Most can be completed quickly, so you’ll be more likely to actually try them. Finally, he’s systematically stripped away obscure aspects of the language you don’t really need. This book is about making you productive, not showing off.
If you’ve read previous editions, here’s just some of what’s new. There’s a comprehensive and thoroughly revamped discussion of concurrency, fully reflecting the Java SE5 concurrency libraries. There are new chapters on containers, arrays, enumerated types, annotations, and GUI development. Throughout the book, you’ll find significantly more coverage of design patterns. Finally, Eckel’s combed all his examples, finding opportunities to improve and modernize many (if not most) of them. Some authors rest on their laurels: never Bruce Eckel. Bill Camarda, from the April 2006 Read Only