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  • Paperback: 1232 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 5 edition (10 Dec. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130927384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130927385
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 4.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,773,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Picking up where the authors' first volume on Java left off, Core Java 2, Volume 2 covers the more advanced features of the Java 2 platform that can add polish and power to your Java programs. The authors' accessible--yet thorough--coverage of essential Java APIs help make this book an attractive choice for any working Java developer.

Several chapters here are especially useful for getting control of new and important Java 2 features. Sections on the new Java 2 collection classes and using advanced Swing classes (like tables and trees) are particularly good. (While many other books just list Swing APIs, this volume provides short examples and effective commentary, which will let you master these complex Swing controls.) When it comes to Java2D graphics, the authors do a nice job of comparing the old AWT to the new Java2D, including drawing basic shapes and doing text output. (These operations are surprisingly tricky in this new API). A section on the new JDBC 2 standard shows off new features like ResultSets and scrollable cursors to good effect.

More advanced topics include multithreading, internationalization, and security. Throughout, this text introduces important concepts illustrated with comprehensible examples. The APIs for individual classes are listed too, making it possible to use this book as a reference, but it is the tutorial sections that stand out here. (The authors also aren't afraid to point out where Java 2 is lacking--for example, in its printing support.)

Readers of the first volume will naturally want the second volume of Core Java 2 too. It's also a great choice for any Java developer with JDK 1.1 experience who wants a tour of new Java 2 features that are essential for serious corporate development. --Richard Dragan

Topics covered: Java 2 advanced APIs, multithreading and synchronization, Java 2 collections, networking, databases and JDBC 2 (cursors and result sets), RMI and remote objects, Swing user interface classes, printing, tables and trees, JavaBeans, security and deployment, internationalization issues, JNI and native methods. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • The experienced developer's advanced guide to the Java 2 platform—fully updated for JDK 1.3 release and JDK 1.4 release, Standard Edition.
  • Even more robust, real-world code samples than ever before!
  • New and revamped coverage: XML, security, networking, multithreading, collections, remote objects, JDBC API, JavaBeans component architecture, Swing, and much more
  • CD-ROM includes all the code examples, Forte for Java, Release 2.0, Community Edition, and the current version of the Java 2 SDK, Standard Edition for Windows, Solaris OE (SPARC/x86), and Linux.

The #1 advanced guide for serious programmers-fully updated for JDK 1.3 release and JDK 1.4 release.

An indispensable companion to the best-selling Core Java 2, Vol. I--Fundamentals (0-13-089468-0), Core Java 2, Volume II: Advanced Features is now available in a revised and expanded fifth edition. It delivers the same real-world guidance you need to solve even the most challenging programming problems and offers an all-new chapter on XML and Java, plus thoroughly revamped coverage of many advanced features—from collections to native methods, security to Swing.

Cay Horstmann identifies the problems experienced Java platform developers encounter most often, and delivers insightful, expert-level guidance for addressing them-together with even more of the robust, sample code that have made Core Java an international bestseller for five straight years. You'll gain new insights into networking, remote objects, JDBC API, internationalization, and a whole lot more.

For experienced programmers, Core Java 2, Volume 2: Advanced Features provides the answers that they need to take full advantage of the power of Java technology and to get the job done as efficiently as possible.

State-of-the-art information for advanced Java technology development, including:

  • Thoroughly updated coverage of multithreading, collections, and networking
  • Completely revised coverage of remote objects
  • Detailed new chapter on XML and Java
  • Sophisticated new techniques for utilizing JavaBeans(tm) component architecture
  • Advanced GUI-building techniques leveraging both Swing and AWT
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The accompanying CD-ROM contains complete source code examples, Forte for Java, Release 2.0, Community Edition, and the Java 2 SDK, Standard Edition.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hasan Ghazi Rasheed Hassan on 23 Mar. 2009
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this is a great book.
the author explains a lot of java classes and methods in an easy and simple way.
you will understand how to use socket connections and http connection perfectly.
What I like about this author's way is the easy step by step explanation of hole any provided program.
I recommend this book for those who want to understand more than basic programming in java.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Annamalai on 16 Nov. 2010
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After reading Core Java - Volume I, my expectation towards this book was very high. The book indeed covers many advance topic, which is very nice. But I felt most (or all) of the topics are explained very very easier and simpler in Sun official tutorial than this book, which is disappointing me.

Even very simple topics are explained using a huge Swing programs. 25% of the book is full of Swing programs. Instead of Swing programs the author could have opted for normal non-GUI sample program.

Obviously the book is not too bad but I expected more than this and according to me it didn't meet volume I standard.
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Highly recommended to push your Java to the next level because of the seriously detailed but also clear explanations 'at the edges' of the Java libraries.

I subscribe to the saying 'perfection is reached when there is nothing more you can take away from a program', in practice gaining simplicity from reliance on quality libraries. This book shows you JDK libraries that are _really_ useful, explaining them so well you don't need to dig into the source or visit hundreds of forums to gain real confidence in using them.

At £22 this is a steal, and even if you think you know all there is 'useful' to know about Java I'm positive this can show you even more. And when they sort out Java 7 I look forward to the next edition of this book to find all the juicy new bits.

5 stars EVEN THOUGH the Swing-based examples are annoying, because the text is so well written that it makes running examples almost unnecessary. And 5 stars to the editorial team for the polish - I'm sure there are typos in such a long book but I haven't encountered one yet, beating Apress and other much poorer publishing houses on almost every level.
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As the title says, this book covers advanced features of the Java programming language and platform, so this is not a book for absolute beginners.
The book mainly focuses on advanced Graphical User Interface programming with Swing and AWT covering tables, trees, progress bars, image manipulation, drag-and-drop, etc. It also covers some interesting networking, databases and distributed programming topics but to fully appreciate them, it might be useful to acquire some theory about them.
In my opinion, the two most interesting chapters are :
* Security : by reading this chapter, you should be able to establish secure connections and build a licensing/activation system to protect your applications.
* JNI : you know C or C++ and want to expand Java platform functionnalities (ex: using your operating system API)? This chapter tells you have to do so.
So this is a very good book, targeted to those who have experience in Java and in computer science in general.
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By whc on 12 May 2011
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As an ex-Delphi dabbler new to Java I found this book very useful in getting to grips with programming graphics in Java. I have an earlier version of Volume 1, several years old, which provided the fundamentals and still seems to work. Volume 2 added the detail for graphics and many other features. With these two books and the on-line documentation from Oracle, I've been able to produce a couple of competent applications from scratch in a short timeframe.
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