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Core Java 2: Fundamentals v.1: Fundamentals Vol 1 (The Sun Microsystems Press Java series) Paperback – 22 Aug 2002


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  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 6 edition (22 Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130471771
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130471772
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,584,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The best-selling guide for serious programmers of Java technology—fully updated for the Java 1.4 SDK!

  • The experienced developer's guide to the Java program environment-now fully updated for the Java(tm) 1.4 SDK.
  • New coverage: regular expressions, New I/O, assertions, Preferences, Swing enhancements, logging, and more
  • Even more of the robust code examples professional programmers need

Ask any experienced Java technology programmer: Core Java delivers the real-world guidance you need to accomplish even the most challenging tasks. That's why it's been an international best seller for seven straight years. Core Java II, Volume 1 covers the fundamentals of Java 2, Standard Edition, Version 1.4, including major enhancements ranging from regular expressions to high-performance I/O. You'll find state-of-the-art discussions of object-oriented Java platform development, updated coverage of Swing user interface development, and much more. Best of all, this new Sixth Edition delivers even more of the robust, real-world programs previous editions are famous for—updated to reflect the latest SDK features and improvements!

State-of-the-art information for Java platform developers, including:

  • Swing GUI development—including input validation and other enhancements
  • Building reliable code—including chained exceptions, stack frames, assertions, and logging
  • The high-performance New I/O API: memory-mapped files, file locking, and character set encoders/decoders
  • Regular expressions using the powerful new java.util.regex package
  • Java 1.4 platform Preference Class: the new cross-platform repository for configuration information
  • Dynamic proxy classes, inner classes, the Java platform event model, streams, file management, and more

About the Author

CAY HORSTMANN teaches computer science at San Jose State University. He has written six books on C++, Java, and object-oriented development and is the series editor for Prentice Hall PTR's best-selling Core Series.

GARY CORNELL has written or co-written over 20 popular computer books. He has a Ph.D. from Brown University and has been a visiting scientist at IBM Watson Labs as well as a professor at the University of Connecticut.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 11 Oct. 2002
Format: Paperback
This book has proven to be one the best books I have ever bought. I have 4 years of experience with Java yet I still use this book frequently as a reference. It is an excellent book for those who have just got around the very basics of Java such as assignments and loops etc, and want start writing useful object oriented code. The second volume also covers essential material for doing more complicated applications involving networks, gui's etc. Once I bought these two books, all the other Java books I have were given an early retirement.
I can't emphasize enough the the quality of this book!
It is very easy to follow (for any level of experience) and uses appropriate examples and code samples.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. McNally on 15 Jan. 2003
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I bought the combination of Core Java Fundimentals and Core Java Advanced Features. Both these books are excellent for gaining a deeper understanding of Java. Both books are extreemly interesting to read, I read the Fundimentals one cover to cover in two days. I would say this book is more for the intermediate programmer because it does not cover the basics of programming in great detail. I have bought a lot of java books but none as good as Core Java. A must buy for anyone looking to know more about the Java language.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Feb. 2003
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This book is quite simply the best book for learning java available. It covers all the basic concepts required for a good understanding of java exceptionally well and is followed up by Volume 2 which covers the advanced features. There is alot of reading involved but the book does not waffle it simply appreciates the complexity of certain concepts and explains them well. This is not a book for someone that wants to learn java in a short space of time, though for those that do know some java it may be useful as a quick reference because if you have volume 2 as well the two cover virtually everything.
I have read java in 21 days deitel and deitels book, a number of flannagans books through my learning of java but this one i consider to be by far the best.
Phill
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ben Finn on 11 Jan. 2007
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Generally seems to be a good & thorough book, though my main issue with it is its occasional use of concepts without adequate explanation. E.g. though the book professes to be suited to people new to object oriented programming, it uses concepts like 'method' without (or at least well before) explaining them, and keywords sometimes crop up in program examples chapters before they are explained. This is confusing.

I also have a sense the book sometimes makes a big deal of subtle & advanced aspects of the language that people don't need to worry about too much (or at least which could be covered later).

Additionally, the indexing is patchy. If you have read about something in the book and then try to find it again later via the index, as often as not you will fail, either because obvious index terms are omitted or because the index doesn't mention the most relevant pages. As it's a long book this can make for time-consuming hunting through chapters. To take a few examples, a fair part of the book deals with graphics, yet the index doesn't include the word 'draw' (if nothing else, the draw() method). Similarly if you want to know how to detect mouse clicks it is surprising not to find an index entry for 'click', even if it were just to cross-refer you to say 'mouse'. Similarly the book describes both the scroll wheel and scroll panes, but there is no index entry for 'scroll'. There is a section on file versioning, but no index entry for 'version' or 'versioning', nor even is it referenced under 'file'. Etc. etc.

All told a pretty good book, but these weaknesses are not insubstantial.
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