Essential for the Java developer,
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This review is from: Effective Java: Second Edition (Paperback)
Motivation - I'm a professional software engineer, and I bought this because I wanted a book that guides me as to best practice.
Subject matter - Covers Java & OOP best practice in a number of 'items' (nearly 80) and organised loosely into chapters. It's not about how to program with Java, but about writing Java whilst applying industry best practice.
Price - usual high price for a software book.
Conclusion - I'm glad I bought it. I'm still studying my way through, there are so many golden nuggets in this book that I know this will become a reference book for me. Highly recommended if you care about the Java that you write or need to maintain.