I use this book as a weight on other books. There are nearly no programming examples.
This is the best Java reference book on the market today. It's not perfect, but it's closer than any other Java reference out there. I like the way the information is presented in a structured manner. Classes and methods of a certain type are grouped and explained together. The book is very readable and gives a lot of helpful hints to avoid gotchas that aren't usually explained by reference books. The examples are great and there are lots of them. A lot of times when I'm stuck I won't even have to read the text. I can just look at the appropriate example and it tells me what I need to know. This book is not for neophyte Java programmer's. It doesn't spend a lot of time on object oriented theory or other real basic stuff, but for intermediate or advanced programmer's it's great.
I selected this book out of interest, and out of a need for a recent (JDK v1.3) reference for the classes, interfaces, and contents of the JDK and its libraries. I like the feel of a book in hand while I'm working, and I typically have three to six books open around me as I go. Wrox Press ([...]) advertises their works as "Programmer to Programmer " and they are spot on! This book is incredibly focused, and presumes you've got a solid working knowledge of Java as a professional developer, but need a reminder on some of the classes, packages and examples of how to use or call the methods. If you need a reference book on Java's huge packages, you need this book. I've read several other works covering much of the Java packages. Although this book is physically larger (best clear a good 3 inches of shelf space) it is much "denser". My overall reaction: focused, a good read, and very clear in presentation. Chapter 1, the Java Fundamentals, is...
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