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Java Black Book [Paperback]

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This revised edition of the top selling Java book by Paraglyph Press has been updated to reflect changes available in the latest version of Java including drag and drop, security enhancements, the new applet deployment enhancements, and the new Java Naming and Directory Interface. This in-depth guide also includes new features such as the new Java sound API and its use in both applications and applets, plus expanded coverage of Javas JDBC data access capabilities. This book is a great reference tool-jam-packed with easily accessible information. It provides programming tips on a variety of topics including variables, arrays, and operators; conditionals and loops; object-oriented programming; inheritance and inner classes; and packages and interfaces. Also includes Swing user interface coverage updated to reflect new classes and enhancements as well as labels, buttons, choosers, lists, combo boxes, progress bars, sliders, pluggable look and feel, and much more.

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Pages   1192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.22" Width: 7.42" Height: 2.35"
Weight:   4.37 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2002
Publisher   Paraglyph
ISBN  193211100X  
ISBN13  9781932111002  

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Steven Holzner is an award-winning author of technical and science books (like Physics For Dummies and Differential Equations For Dummies). He graduated from MIT and did his PhD in physics at Cornell University, where he was on the teaching faculty for 10 years. He's also been on the faculty of MIT. Steve also teaches corporate groups around the country.

Steve Holzner was born in 1957 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Woodbury, VT ?.

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Useful book, but lacking  Sep 22, 2008
Let me start off by saying, I had very high expectations of this book. The author had written "Visual Basic 6 Black Book" which was an excellent book. I bought this book based on this previous experience. Unfortunately, this book was not up to the standard set by the author's previous work. However, this book does have its merits.

I found the sections on applets and frames useful, as well as the discussions on AWT and Swing (I wish it had done a better job at explaining the layout managers). I also found the sections on file I/O useful. I do agree with an earlier reviewer that this book is lacking in its discussion of interfaces. I found the examples the book gave for interfaces to be contrived and not useful in explaining the concept. In general, I have found that the examples many times demonstrated bad coding techniques which was probably done to simplify the example. Just keep this in mind when writing your own code.

As a reference, this book can be useful. When introducing the Java classes, a comprehensive list of methods is provided; but I have found Sun's online documentation a better (and more complete) source for this type of information.

Overall, this is a decent book. It can be helpful sometimes and infuriating at other times.
cover almost every you needed in java  Dec 12, 2007
Thank you. This book rocks. it covers almost all the stuff that i need from work.
Great Reference Book  Mar 22, 2007
This book was hard to track down but I did manage to find one on the west coast. It was worth every penny spent on it. Great reference book to turn to when you are just needing a refresher or even better if it is a completely new subject for you to learn. 5 stars plus!!!
Use as a reference only!  Jun 8, 2005
Java 2 Black Book is an awesome reference book! The author does a good job at covering most of the details of Java programming. There are a few subjects missing from the book, but if you are using this book as a reference for Java, chances are that you aren't ready for those subjects anyways. Sometimes finding a code example is easy and they are plentiful, and other times they are not what you are looking for. It's kind of like hit and miss. I recommend this book for all beginner to intermediate Java programmers.
Disappointingly Shallow  Jul 12, 2004
This isn't really a tutorial; it's a reference. In fact, it seems like most computer books I pick up these days are references. That's understandable: a tutorial is much harder to write than a reference. (It's probably harder to sell, too, since a tutorial has to be pretty squarely aimed, so I don't necessarily blame the author.) Of the 1,000+ pages this book, I'd say half just list all the attributes of Java objects, and a good portion of the remaining page consist of code listings showing help-file-level examples of how to use them. In cases where things are built up incrementally, often an entire page of code is repeated to show one or two new lines.

It'll definitely boost your ego and possibly your reputation among those who might be impressed by your "reading" of a 1,000 page book in a few hours, and it won't hurt your Java skills. But you won't see any serious Java programs in here either, or learn how to make them, or learn anything about object-oriented design--a pretty important topic if you're going to work in Java.

This Black Book is constructed in the form of a running dialogue between yourself--apparently a master of Java already--and a gallery of irritating "characters" like the "Novice Programmer", the "Big Boss", the "Product Market Specialist", etc. Sometimes these dialogues have the right hint of smat-alec, but by page 500, a sense of deja vu sets in, and they begin to seem like a crutch.

There are some seriously irksome things about this book, too. A third or more is dedicated to the "Advanced Windows Toolkit" (AWT) of Java. OK, no problem. Java's "Swing" system has taken over from that, but you might still use AWT, right? Except the Swing section begins with a discussion of how bug-ridden AWT was. What? How can I have read a book's worth of material on a subject and this be the first I've heard about the bugs?

Swing is relatively glossed over, but not as badly as interfaces, threading, beans, and a bunch of other topics where reading a list of attributes does not give you a good sense of how to use them.

I expected a lot more from a Coriolis Black Book.


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