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The Java 2 Core Language Little Black Book is a compact, detailed reference for intermediate to experienced programmers and managers who are ready to learn how to build Java programs. The book features a logical, sequential approach with concise overviews and step-by-step, ready-to-use solutions created by a master Java programmer. This book is packed with over 150 code listings, which can be used as is or quickly modified. All of the critical Java programming features are presented, including strings, variables, loops, object-oriented programming, interfaces, applets, event handling, tables, trees, multithreaded programming and animation, debugging, networking, and more. Special chapters are included on security and internationalization two topics that are critical for Java developers.
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Alain Trottier observes the .com warfare of Southern California as a technology management consultant (Strategic Business Resources) and an adjunct professor at Vanguard University. He has been in the tech sector for two decades. On the electronics side, he has worked with RF gear, nuclear power plants, and electromechanical devices. On the IT side, he has held roles as a technologist, a developer support specialist, a programmer, an architect, and a manager. Alain got a kick out of being in the U.S. Submarine Navy (nuclear power division), and he was impressed with his bosses at Chevron's world-class research center. He was astonished by the .com bubble while at Adforce and then Winfire, where he experienced a meteoric IPO and then a subsequent flameout. He has been through a get-it-right-at-all-cost experience in a Fortune 30 company, and he also has witnessed the other extreme, in which one bets it all on a get-it-out-there-at-no-cost venture.
Alain enjoys a difficult technological challenge and likes the people even better. He believes that his degrees in religion (Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts with a specialization in the linguistics of ancient religious texts) is a terrific way to broaden one's abilities. He has certifications from both Microsoft and Sun, so his bias is simply what works best for a given situation. If you have a question, comment, or even a challenge, the author would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact him (think Chief Technology Ambassador) from the book's Web site, at http: //www.inforobo.com/scwcd/examcram.
Steve Heckler is a freelance programmer and IT trainer specializing in .NET, Java, ColdFusion, Flash ActionScript, and XML. Based inAtlanta, Georgia, he works with clients nationwide. In addition, he is the author of the Sun Certification Instructor Resource Kit (310-025, 310-027): Java 2 Programmer and Developer Exams and Sun Certification Instructor Resource Kit (310-080): Java 2 Web Component Developer Exam. He is currently writing an ASP.NET-related book for Addison-Wesley.
Before being self-employed, Steve served nearly seven years as vice president and president of a leading East Coast IT training firm. He holds bachelors and masters degrees from Stanford University.
Reviews - What do customers think about Java 2 Core Language Little Black Book?
Could have been more better Oct 22, 2004
I read most of the online reviews for this book at this site and decided to purchase the book. Unfortunately, this book is not upto my expectation. I found two drawbacks for this book.
1. Many language constructs are used in the examples before they are described fully. For ex, the example on page 78 uses the synchronized keyword all of a sudden but it is explained at page 99 and page 278. This makes it somewhat difficult to follow.
2. The code listings are given for the example, but the output results are not given for most of the examples.
Wonderful little problem solving guide... Feb 9, 2004
Target Audience Intermediate Java developers who want brief explanations of syntax and working examples to study
Contents This is a condensed guide to the Java language with a heavy emphasis on code examples that can be used to solve your programming issues.
The book is divided into the following chapters: Getting Started With Java; Essential Java Syntax; Blocks And Statements; Methods, Classes, And Packages; Data Structures; Files And Streams; Java Database Connectivity; The Internet And Networking; XML And Java; Advanced Techniques; Security; Internationalization; Development Tools; References; The Java Virtual Machine; Active RFCs.
Review There are some people who can read an explanation of something technical and immediately grasp how to use it in a real program. Unfortunately, I'm not one of them. I work best when I can read the explanation of how something works, and then see a working example that I can copy and use. That's where this book shines.
Each chapter starts off with an "In Brief" section. This is the "technical" explanation of the subject being covered, like classes or socket programming. After a high level explanation of the chapter subject, the coverage then shifts to an "Immediate Solutions" section. This is where you get the most bang for the buck. You'll find a problem listed, such as resolving a hostname or opening a server socket. A couple of paragraphs will explain what needs to be done, and that is followed by a code example that solves that problem. By reading the chapter and seeing how they solve a number of issues, you should come away with one or more ideas on how to code your own solutions.
If you don't have a solid background in Java, you will probably want to get a tutorial-style book before you buy this volume. It's billed as a "concise program solver", and as a result it doesn't attempt to teach the language to someone who is unfamiliar with it to start with. If you are beyond the basics, then this book will quickly pay for itself after a couple of solutions.
Conclusion This is a perfect book if you are familiar with Java but occasionally need to look up a command to see how it works along with a code example. It bridges the gap between academic and practical knowledge of the language.
Great Little Black Book Dec 17, 2002
I have purchased this book a few weeks ago and think its great. Brief explanations and to the point. I am just learning Java and I can quickly find help when I need it. It makes a great desktop reference.
Good format! Simple (to adapt) code, helped me get going Oct 19, 2002
A good programming book doesn't overdo it. It doesn't necessarily give you entire batches of production ready code. What it does is give you core routines you can drop into your code to accomplish the task you're trying to do, especially if you're in the beginning to intermediate range. Then it's you're job to assemble the parts into a production whole. This book does that well. The code is very understandable and drops in nicely. Trottier also shows you some optimization techniques as well.
This Core name for this book really summarizes it. This is core 101 and everday Java. If you know a little Java this is a good book to get comprehensive with it. If you're advance there might be a few areas it covers you haven't gotten to yet.
For me I just wanted to be able to create some simple applets that took data off the Internet and from a database and did some special calculations and presentations with it. This book was helpful in getting that going. I knew little Java before that but did know some C, a lot of PHP and SQL.
I used the Core Language as a supplement to the Java Reference docs I downloaded from Sun and it helped a lot. It's sometimes hard to use the reference style of stuff until you've got some working code up. That's what makes this book useful, it got me going enough so that I could start experimenting outside of the core language using the free reference stuff on the Internet.
Excellent book for beginners and advanced Sep 25, 2002
This is a wonderful book for both beginning and advanced programmers. It has great examples and good analogies. Good detail about many lesser known aspects of Java. Easy to read and follow. Simple code examples help to illustrate the learning. Most of the code is usable.