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Effective Java: Second Edition
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
I'd describe this book as being essential reading for any serious Java developer.
* Joshua provides a clear, concise and insightful guide that will help you better understand the intricacies of Java.
* The book of 78 recipes and helped me immensely to improve my understanding of Java.
* It's provides a no holds barred insight into some of the peculiarities of the Java API's as it has matured over the years.
* In particular I found these chapters useful:
** Generics one of the most illuminating I've read. (Though I still find the Java syntax rather odd in places!)
** Enums and Annotations
** a good intro to the more up to date ways of doing Concurrency.
** I also found the defensive copying example most enlightening.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 30 May 2009
This book gives a comprehensive series of practical recommendations, on a broad range of topics in the Java 5 API.

It's packed with tips which make you go "aaaah I get it now", as in "I remember wondering about that and making a vaguely instinctive decision, instead of knowing precisely what to do and why".

Highly recommended for anyone who's been Java-ing for a year or 4, and wants to make better-informed design decisions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I bought both the first and second editions of this book. I feel that this book has probably made the biggest contribution to my understanding of programming in any language, although it is very much a book about the corners of Java and the pitfalls of many of its advanced features. Whilst many books give advice which fits a particular situation this book gives authoritative detail that empowers you to make a call on whether the technique fits the given situation or visa versa. This book is a must read for anyone who wants to undertake any type of code review of Java - particularly your own code!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 July 2009
The 1st edition of this brilliant, must have book, for any serious Java developer had served me well for many years. So, I was eager to see what was new in the 2nd edition and there's more than enough to warrant its purchase.

The 2nd edition brings into focus best practices around the new features introduced in Java 5, namely generics, new concurrency classes, enums and annotations.

Think you know about all the various ways to create a singleton? - every thought of using an enum with a single enumerated instance? - read the book, it'll be worth it, just for that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
If you think you knew Java, you will have a chance to consolidate this idea by studying this wonderful book. Most probably you will find a lot of details about this versatile language that you didn't know or knew only a little about them. Also you will have the opportunity to learn about best practices and tweaks that make the difference between sluggish and turbo performance, or save you hours of debugging logical errors which could have been avoided should you have followed the straightforward yet highly technical advice. A must-have for every Java developer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 February 2012
I picked up this book last week as a new project requires Java to be learned, I was half expecting a walk through of how to use the language in the best way but it goes much deeper than that.

It's actually changed the way I think about my coding completely and I'm sure I'll be a better programmer for having read this whether I'm working in C#, Java or any language in the future. I would reccomend to almost any working programmer who cares about their craft
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 February 2013
This is one of the top 3 books that every java developer should read during his/her career. Joshua Bloch was one of the key players for many years in the API design and implementation of the Java Language. His ideas /comments and tips towards Java development are always to the point and relevant no matter if you doing J2EE or J2SE development
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on 24 January 2011
Great Book. Ideally the name of the book should be "Effective Programming using Java". The book is about how to program well using Java.

Its not a regular Java book which describes the Java language syntaxes, its not a book about design, its not a book about coding style. Its something different.The book is not for beginners. To get the fullest out of the book, you must have good knowledge on the Java language and you must have involved in developing couple of applications (excluding maintenance and tinkering and punchering) and you must be confused.

Whenever confused, we always look at the existing code and follow the idioms used there. There is no wrong in doing it. But many times we don't realize the reasoning behind each idiom. This books clears everything that you would expect. It not only explains the best practice but also when to use it and when not to use it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 13 January 2010
I haven't still read all the book, I've read half of it.

The book is very interesting. Java is not my main programming language (usually PHP) and there are many things in this book that I would have never thought that were a good idea to do in Java, so definitively very useful.

The only thing I miss is that it just gives hints item by item, hint by hint and is not a guide or tutorial to teach you how to organize or develope a complete solution in Java.

If you already now how to develope a complete solution in Java but want to pay better attention to implementation details buy this book, if you don't still now how to a architect a Java solution, find another book,learn to do it and then read this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 October 2009
Should be next to any Java developer's keyboard. A mandatory read for serious developers, and I would say that 50% of the advices apply to any OO language, so it's worth reading event if you are using another language, like C#.
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