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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley; 2nd Edition edition (28 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321356683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321356680
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 2.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“I sure wish I had this book ten years ago. Some might think that I don’t need any Java books, but I need this one.”

―James Gosling, fellow and vice president, Sun Microsystems, Inc.

 

“An excellent book, crammed with good advice on using the Java programming language and object-oriented programming in general.”

―Gilad Bracha, coauthor of The Java™ Language Specification, Third Edition

 

“10/10―anyone aspiring to write good Java code that others will appreciate reading and maintaining should be required to own a copy of this book. This is one of those rare books where the information won’t become obsolete with subsequent releases of the JDK library.”
―Peter Tran, bartender, JavaRanch.com

 

“The best Java book yet written.... Really great; very readable and eminently useful. I can’t say enough good things about this book. At JavaOne 2001, James Gosling said, ‘Go buy this book!’ I’m glad I did, and I couldn’t agree more.”
―Keith Edwards, senior member of research staff, Computer Science Lab at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), and author of Core JINI (Prentice Hall, 2000)

 

“This is a truly excellent book done by the guy who designed several of the better recent Java platform APIs (including the Collections API).”
―James Clark, technical lead of the XML Working Group during the creation of the XML 1.0 Recommendation, editor of the XPath and XSLT Recommendations

 

“Great content. Analogous to Scott Meyers’ classic Effective C++. If you know the basics of Java, this has to be your next book.”
―Gary K. Evans, OO mentor and consultant, Evanetics, Inc

 

“Josh Bloch gives great insight into best practices that really can only be discovered after years of study and experience.”
―Mark Mascolino, software engineer

 

“This is a superb book. It clearly covers many of the language/platform subtleties and trickery you need to learn to become a real Java master.”
―Victor Wiewiorowski, vice president development and code quality manager, ValueCommerce Co., Tokyo, Japan

 

“I like books that under-promise in their titles and over-deliver in their contents. This book has 57 items of programming advice that are well chosen. Each item reveals a clear, deep grasp of the language. Each one illustrates in simple, practical terms the limits of programming on intuition alone, or taking the most direct path to a solution without fully understanding what the language offers.”

―Michael Ernest, Inkling Research, Inc.

 

“I don’t find many programming books that make me want to read every page―this is one of them.”
―Matt Tucker, chief technical officer, Jive Software

 

“Great how-to resource for the experienced developer.”
―John Zukowski, author of numerous Java technology books

 

“I picked this book up two weeks ago and can safely say I learned more about the Java language in three days of reading than I did in three months of study! An excellent book and a welcome addition to my Java library.”
―Jane Griscti, I/T advisory specialist

From the Back Cover

Are you looking for a deeper understanding of the Java™ programming language so that you can write code that is clearer, more correct, more robust, and more reusable? Look no further! Effective Java™, Second Edition, brings together seventy-eight indispensable programmer’s rules of thumb: working, best-practice solutions for the programming challenges you encounter every day.

 

This highly anticipated new edition of the classic, Jolt Award-winning work has been thoroughly updated to cover Java SE 5 and Java SE 6 features introduced since the first edition. Bloch explores new design patterns and language idioms, showing you how to make the most of features ranging from generics to enums, annotations to autoboxing.

 

Each chapter in the book consists of several “items” presented in the form of a short, standalone essay that provides specific advice, insight into Java platform subtleties, and outstanding code examples. The comprehensive descriptions and explanations for each item illuminate what to do, what not to do, and why.

 

Highlights include:

  • New coverage of generics, enums, annotations, autoboxing, the for-each loop, varargs, concurrency utilities, and much more
  • Updated techniques and best practices on classic topics, including objects, classes, libraries, methods, and serialization
  • How to avoid the traps and pitfalls of commonly misunderstood subtleties of the language
  • Focus on the language and its most fundamental libraries: java.lang, java.util, and, to a lesser extent, java.util.concurrent and java.io

Simply put, Effective Java™, Second Edition, presents the most practical, authoritative guidelines available for writing efficient, well-designed programs.

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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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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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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.
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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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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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Very occasionally in computing you come across a book that entirely changes how you see something. This book did that to me for Java.

Java programming has turned from a chore into a joy as I learned what features _not_ to use. Other books feel they have to teach you how to use all sorts of things you shouldn't be using, just because they exist. This book takes a more intelligent approach.
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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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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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