Java SE8 for the Really Impatient: A Short Course on the Basics (Java Series) Paperback – 24 Jan 2007
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About the Author
Cay S. Horstmann is the author of Scala for the Impatient (Addison-Wesley, 2012), is principal author of Core Java™, Volumes I and II, Ninth Edition (Prentice Hall, 2013), and has written a dozen other books for professional programmers and computer science students. He is a professor of computer science at San Jose State University and is a Java Champion.
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Instead it's precise and to the point, without leaving important stuff out.
This guy knows his java, but equally important: He can write.
It's VERY well written !
Still, compiler type inference (e.g. for lambdas & functional interfaces) is very impressive technology and I’d have appreciated more “under the bonnet” detailing of how it’s achieved by Java. And discussion here of JavaFX (for user interfaces) does not really do justice to this toolkit (see Vos et al. for exhaustive coverage).
Given Horstmann’s background, it’s disheartening to reach the end of his guide and see Java security concerns summarized so bleakly: “Java held great promise as a universal execution platform (but) at this point, it is no longer a viable platform for widespread distribution of client applications over the internet… Move away from it (or) make your users install (the entire Java SDK) or bundle a JVM with your installer. If you target a general audience, consider using another technology, perhaps HTML5”. His justification for such pessimism deserves greater explanation than we see here, but such views must concern Oracle’s custodians of Java. Certainly they bother me.
This is how tech books should be written.
If you want to read about Java 8's lambda expressions, this is the book to get. It thoroughly trounces the poor quality of O'Reilly's "Java 8 Lambdas".
The structure is clear and logical. The explanations and examples are helpful, and at just the right level, neither simplistic nor over-complicated. I would recommend this book to any battle-hardened programmer who wants quickly to catch up with the improvements to Java brought by version 8. I would also suggest to Java tyros that this book would serve as a very useful supplement to more basic books or courses they might already be using.
This book is just great!
Right to the point, fast examples and decent explanation of each topic.
Note: this book is not for people wanting to learning java!
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