After you've learned some basic Java, what comes next? Brett Spell's Professional Java Programming
can bring your skills to a new level with this tutorial on an appealing range of advanced topics that will extend the reach of your applications. This topic-based text offers something for every intermediate-to-advanced Java developer.
By focusing on individual advanced topics, you can use this book to solve real-world problems while generally improving your understanding of Java. A valuable early section examines what methods you should implement for your Java classes. (By implementing these methods, your classes can be as robust and flexible as those built into Java.) A section on multithreading shows you the right way to create threads that run reliably in the background.
If you use a Java IDE for designing user interfaces, you probably won't find much use for sections on event handling and layouts, which are covered here in considerable depth. (The reason is that today's Java tools automate this aspect of UI design.) However, two chapters on advanced Swing controls--the JTable and JTree components--are simply indispensable. (You learn how to perform custom rendering, as well as edit the contents of these controls. The controls are powerful, but it's hard to find any information on customising them.)
If you want your Java application to mimic the functionality of traditional applications, you'll benefit from the chapters on adding cut and paste and drag-and-drop functionality, as well as printing. A group of chapters will extend the range of Java when working with data, whether through JDBC, standard streams, XML or sockets, CORBA, or Remote Method Invocation (RMI). (The author uses a chat server to illustrate basic distributed computing.) The book closes with some valuable tips on Java security, help systems, performance tuning and internationalisation.
In all, Professional Java offers a mixed bag of tips and tricks for extending the range of your Java applications, whether on a single desktop or across the enterprise. Even if you don't read it cover to cover, this text offers plenty of invaluable tips and solutions that will benefit any working Java developer. --Richard Dragan
About the Author
Brett Spell has been programming professionally in Java since 1996 and is a Sun Certified Java Programmer, Developer, and Architect. He is the author of the upcoming book Professional Java Programming
, to be published by Wrox Press, and has written articles on JDBC for Java Pro magazine. Brett works at Frito-Lay's international headquarters in Plano, TX, as part of Pepsico Business Solution Group's Application Services team.