There are many Java books aimed at those new to programming but Core Java 2 Volume 1: Fundamentals
is for working programmers. Though it includes the apparently compulsory history of Java this is no more than a precursor to installing the Java SDK.
The authors claim writing code for yourself is a better way to learn than using a IDE, but they do concede using Forte--Sun's free graphical Java programming front end--can make life a little easier.
Practical sample code is used to illustrate just about every feature discussed. The code is useful in itself and is intended to be extended or incorporated into real projects by the reader. Four chapters are devoted to the Java language itself with the rest exploring the many libraries. While Java may be a simpler language than C++ (on which its syntax was based) there are still many thousands of library function to learn before you can think about commercial Java work.
In Core Java 2 Volume 1: Fundamentals, Swing is the standard for programming graphical interfaces though AWT lives on for event handling. The authors examine all the graphical support built into the JFC at considerable length, moving logically onto Applets.
The book ends with files and streams, which with what went before provides everything you need to begin working on real applications. The CD-ROM that comes with the book includes all the source code used in the book. You also get Java SDK 1.3 for Windows and Solaris, Forte and some useful utilities. Overall, a good first choice for programmers looking to learn Java. --Steve Patient
From the Back Cover
- The experienced developer's guide to Java programming―now fully updated for JDK 1.3
- Completely revised coverage of object-oriented development and Swing classes
- More of the robust code examples professional programmers need
- CD-ROM includes all source code, J2SE Version 1.3, Forte for Java Community Edition, and much more!
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"Devoid of shaky, academic examples and packed with robust demonstrations that illustrate hundreds of powerful concepts ...The authors back up the many examples with sharp, fact-rich commentary on how to get things done with Java.
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The best-selling guide for serious Java 2 programmers―fully updated for JDK 1.3!
Ask any experienced Java 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 five straight years. Core Java 2, Volume 1 covers the fundamentals of Java 2, Standard Edition, Version 1.3 and includes completely revised discussions of object-oriented Java development, enhanced coverage of Swing user interface components, and much more.
This new fifth edition delivers even more of the robust, real-world programs previous editions are famous for―updated to reflect deployment and performance enhancements. Volume 1 includes thorough explanations of inner classes, dynamic proxy classes, exception handling, debugging, the Java event model, Input/Output, file management, and much more. For experienced programmers, Core Java 2, Volume 1: Fundamentals sets the standard―again!
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About the CD-ROM
- Building GUI applications with Swing classes
- Making the most of dynamic proxy classes and inner classes
- Mastering the Java event model
- Understanding Java streams and file management
CD-ROM contains complete source code examples, the Java 2, Standard Edition, Version 1.3 SDK, and useful tools, including Forte for Java, Community Edition, a complete toolset for Java application development, TextPad 4.32, HexWorkshop 3.1, WinZip 8.0, Together J, and SourceAgain.