Top positive review
Great reference - don't rush to judgement!
on 14 April 2003
At first, I thought "this book's not great. Why the fuss and good reviews?" Then I saw James Gosling's comments, "the one book I pull out over and over" on the cover and thought I'll give it another chance 'cause if James thinks that, I'm missing something. So, I began more slowly, reading the preface to get an idea how to use it. As Chan says, this does not, and is not intended to replace the Class library ref. books or on-line doc., but to act as a quick reference and aide memoir to what has become a huge language. Especially useful is the summary in the classes section of inherited methods, so you can see, at a glance what you need to look up further, if anything. But you do still need an up-to-date refernece (e.g. the one on-line) for Java 2, 'cause some (e.g. LinkedList) are missing despite publication in 2003. Hence, 4 not 5 stars. Could do with a "how to use this book" section, though.