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  • Paperback: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 6 edition (21 Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131482114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131482111
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 4.5 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 698,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Peter van der Linden's Just Java 2 is an excellent introduction to the Java platform, especially for those with some existing programming skills. This new edition is based on the JDK (Java Development Kit) 1.4 release, and packs in a comprehensive guide to the language and the core class libraries. The author is a former Sun employee and knows his subject backwards. He also injects some humour and personality into his writing, and includes regular "light relief" sections covering wacky topics such as the Java toaster that burns a weather forecast onto every slice. Readers soon know that he loves Java, likes the Apple Macintosh and hates Microsoft, but fortunately nothing gets in the way of the clear and insightful teaching. In general this is a particularly clear and readable programming guide.

The book begins with a brief overview, going on to explain object-oriented programming and the basics of the language. There is a full explanation of packages and how the JVM finds classes, often a tricky area for Java beginners. The author offers detailed coverage of fundamental topics such as threads, input/output, networking and Java Beans, making this a book that will be used for reference as well as for learning. On other topics, such as XML programming, Servlets or database access with JDBC, the book is more introductory. Several chapters cover graphical client applications, event handling and the use of JFC and Swing, laying a firm foundation for building a Java visual interface. There are lots of code examples, both in print and on the accompanying CD.

Overall, this is a solid, professional and authoritative tutorial which has more depth than many lighter-weight alternatives.--Tim Anderson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The #1 introduction to J2SE 1.5 and enterprise/server-side development!

An international bestseller for eight years, Just Java™ 2 is the complete, accessible Java tutorial for working programmers at all levels. Fully updated and revised, this sixth edition is more than an engaging overview of Java 2 Standard Edition (J2SE 1.5) and its libraries: it’s also a practical introduction to today’s best enterprise and server-side programming techniques. Just Java™ 2, Sixth Edition, reflects both J2SE 1.5 and the latest Tomcat and servlet specifications. Extensive new coverage includes:

  • New chapters on generics and enumerated types
  • New coverage of Web services, with practical examples using Google and Amazon Web services
  • Simplified interactive I/O with printf()
  • Autoboxing and unboxing of primitive types
  • Static imports, foreach loop construct, and other new language features

Peter van der Linden delivers expert advice, clear explanations, and crisp sample programs throughout—including dozens new to this edition. Along the way, he introduces:

  • The core language: syntax, objects, interfaces, nested classes, compiler secrets, and much more
  • Key libraries: date and calendar, pattern matching, network software, mapped I/O, utilities and generic collections
  • Server-side technology: network server systems, a complete tiny HTML Web server, and XML in Java
  • Enterprise J2EE: Sql and JDBC™ tutorial, servlets and JSP and much more
  • Client-side Java: fundamentals of JFC/Swing GUI development, new class data sharing details
Companion Web Site

All the book’s examples and sample programs are available at http://afu.com.



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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Mar. 2002
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The backcover blurb describes van der Linden as "[w]riting for real programmers". It's fair to say that if you have no programming experience, this book may be a little dense for you.
However, that's not to say it's obscure. I am not an experienced programmer and I found it useful. It starts off with an overview of the features of Java, then concisely explains object orientation and other basic Java features such as packages and threading in the first dozen chapters.
van der Linden frequently draws comparisons with how things work in C/C++, which is presumably more helpful for those with experience in those languages. However, I didn't find this too offputting as it often illuminates what difficulties Java is designed to overcome. There are frequent illustrations and boxouts to aid comprehension - a typical title is "What problems do interfaces solve?".
The rest of the book covers major APIs, GUI programming and more advanced topics such as using XML, SQL and JavaBeans. It seems to offer a fairly comprehensive guide to Java and you could probably teach yourself to a high level with this book.
I enjoyed the "Light Relief" sections at the end of each chapter, which introduce entertaining Java programs and topics such as rigging online polls with Java! There is also wry commentary on the software business.
The book is accompanied by a CD-ROM with source code, many good example programs and some more light relief material. Unfortunately, although the 5th edition text covers the latest JDK (1.4), some of the programs do not seem to run using this environment, which could disappoint beginners.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Sept. 2004
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The authors years of practical experience and entertaining style of writing combine to make this a *must read* for those new to Java and veterans who want to take advantage of the features 1.5 has to offer.This is the first edition of the book I've bought and will definitely place future editions on my purchase list.The author explains each part of the language in a clear and easy to follow manner and re-enforces each chapter with code snippets. Later chapters cover topics essential to successful mastery of the language.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K.V.Shail on 10 July 2002
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I found this book ideally matched to my abilities being a not-very-expert programmer having a background in Assembler and C.
I had previously been struggling with two other well-known books on Java and this one made Java OOP much more clear.
It is an easy-to-read goldmine of information on the core subject and other peripherals such as Applets, Servalets, SQL, XML and GUIs.
My only critisism would be a very minor one that the publishers should have considered splitting it in two volumes to reduce the weight.
Certainly worth the price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Philip Bailey on 21 Sept. 2009
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I have copies of the 5th and 6th editions of this book. This is a tutorial-style look at the complete Java language, plus coverage of a number of the most important libraries. The book is best suited to somebody with some previous programming experience.

The author clearly has a deep understanding of Java, and his explanations of the basics as well as some of the more arcane features of the language are the clearer for it. There is a light-hearted diversion at the end of each chapter, and the jocular style sometimes is apparent elsewhere, but in reality he is all business, and this is his way of making the book more readable. He covers a lot of ground in several hundred pages.

I will buy future editions. Highly recommended.
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By A Customer on 21 Sept. 1997
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Any trip to a half-worthy bookstore will have hundreds, if not thousands of computer-related books. The difficulty is in sorting through them to find the ones worth reading (and sadly, there is a paucity of ones worth reading!). It is hard enough doing this as a computer professional. The newcomer to the field must resemble a deer in the headlights.

Here is a big clue to help you out: If in the place where they put the author's name, you see Peter Van Der Linden's name, you should buy this book.

Mr. Van Der Linden has consistently raised the bar on what is considered to be a great computer book (at least in the two books I've read of his). Not only is he one of the most knowledgeable authors out there, he conveys this knowledge in accessible, engaging, and humorous ways.

"Just Java" was not a disappointment. As preface to his first example, he quips that it is time to evolve beyond "Hello, World". Instead, he describes the problem of the Intel Pentium flaw and includes an example that demonstrates the problem. (That is, unless the compiler used to compile your Java VM has a work-around -- also explained)

There are so many bad Java books out there that are only worthwhile as recycling fodder. Mr. Van Der Linden does a good job of setting the standard for what these other authors should strive to achieve.

Buy this book so he is encouraged to write more. Look also for his "Expert C Programming : Deep C Secrets" and "not Just Java".
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