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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (21 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617290068
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617290060
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 2.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ben Evans is a Tech Fellow of jClarity, a Java performance firm and a member of the Java Community Process Executive Committee.

Martijn Verburg is the CEO of jClarity, a Java performance firm, co-leader of the London JUG, and a popular conference speaker.


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I have been a Java developer for over 10 years, with 5 years of this in the financial software industry. In my opinion this book is one of the best Java books on the market currently. There is something in this book for everyone, if you are new graduate it helps to consolidate your skills in Java. If you're an old hat, this book has a refreshing approach to more complex topics, such as Understanding Performance Tuning which Dr Heinz Kabutz brands as: "The first book since Jack Shirazi's Java Performance Tuning that has captured the essence of how to make your system faster." in the foreword. I think the two chapters understanding performance tuning and modern concurrency are a must read for all developers, and are delivered superbly for all levels.

The book is split into 4 parts, starting with an introduction to Java 7. Anyone who has been asleep for the last year should definitely be reading this section. It presents all the major changes with examples, and is easy to follow and read.

Vital techniques then takes a deep dive into dependency injection - critical to writing testable and maintainable code. The section shows by example an introduction to the critical topic. It also introduces JSR-330 annotations, which as an early adopter of Spring I hadn't looked at in detail myself. The spin then goes into concurrency, and this chapter I finished! Having had Modern Concurrency in Practice on the bookshelf, 4 attempts at reading it and bottoming out around page 50 - I have to say this was refreshing. Modern Concurrency is a great book, but this chapter synthesises the complexity in simple and easy to understand diagrams and explanations. Class files and byte code is another section that many Java developers lack a detailed understanding of - this book adequately covers this topic.
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Like it for the most part. As a Java developer it was enjoyable to increase the breadth of my knowledge in areas I have little experience with. Certainly not your typical Java book.

I take exception however with the authors clear assertion that Java is 'Object-oriented' for a number of obvious reasons. They really should have known better on this one, Object-based would be pretty more accurate.
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I'm about a third of the way through this book and so far I'm finding it an ideal way of bring me up to date with the current direction and future direction of Java. The coverage of some of the alternate languages to run on the JVM, the Java 7 features and a discussion on dependency injection will all prove very useful going forward.
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One of the most interesting all around Java books on these recent years. Focuses on the JDK7 and all the supporting technologies around the latest version of the Java Runtime and the development tools. Easy to follow writting style. Anyone seeking a quick tour on the new features or feels a bit bored about core Java principles and wishes to explore alternatives within the JRE - then this book is an excellent start!

I am a huge supporter of Martin Verburg!
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