By William Crawford, Jim Farley, David Flanagan, Kris Magnusson
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: November 2000
The Java Professional Library contains durable, hardcover editions of our four indispensable Java references:
Java in a Nutshell, the essential quick reference for all Java programmers. This accelerated introduction to the Java language and its key APIs allows seasoned programmers to start writing code right away. The third edition covers Java 1.2 and Java 1.3.
Java Examples in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition. David Flanagan, the author of Java in a Nutshell, has created an entire book chock-full of real-world Java programming examples that developers can both learn from and modify for their own use. The second edition covers Java 1.3 and contains 164 complete, practical examples: over 17,900 lines of densely commented, professionally written Java code covering 20 distinct Java API's, including Servlets, JavaServer Pages, XML, Swing, and Java 2D.
Java Enterprise in a Nutshell, O'Reilly's classic-style quick reference for all of the classes in the various packages that comprise the Enterprise APIs, such as JDBC, RMI, Java IDL, Servlets, JNDI, and Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB).
Java Foundation Classes in a Nutshell, a companion volume to Java in a Nutshell for programmers who write applications that use graphics or graphical user interfaces. This fast-paced introduction to the Java APIs that comprise the Java Foundation Classes (JFC) is also a quick reference to all of the classes in the javax.swing and java.awt packages and their numerous subpackages.
As soon as I saw this set I thought I just had to have it.
When I got it home, it looked it over, it dawned on me that I did not really need it. First off, I DO like the main Java in a Nutshell, 3rd Ed. and can see having this in a hard cover, as I believe we will have JDK 1.3 for a good year or so. But Java Enterprise in a Nutshell is looking kinda stale at this point, as it covers on Servlets 2.1, and the older JSP 1.0, a well as slightly stale other J2EE technologies. J2EE 1.3 is about to be upon us, I requie the most updated info on it! So I can't see owning this version now. I liked Foundation class in a Nutshell, but begin to wonder what has already changed in it since the book came out. The last Examples in a Nutshell I just don't need at all.
So I took them back and got my $100.00 back.
I would like to see this set in a modifed form:
1. The latest Java in a Nutshell (as it currently stands).
2. an *updated* Enterprise in a Nutshell in hardcover (whenever it comes out)
3. Java Foundation classes in a Nutshell (with any updates)
4. All of the above in a Hardcover set (just the three and omit Examples)
5. Price it around $80.00
Then I will buy it. If you do this, then give me a call (email me actually) and I will buy it!