Learning Java, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: May 2005
Pages: 980

Version 5.0 of the Java 2 Standard Edition SDK is the most important upgrade since Java first appeared a decade ago. With Java 5.0, you'll not only find substantial changes in the platform, but to the language itself-something that developers of Java took five years to complete. The main goal of Java 5.0 is to make it easier for you to develop safe, powerful code, but none of these improvements makes Java any easier to learn, even if you've programmed with Java for years. And that means our bestselling hands-on tutorial takes on even greater significance.

Learning Java is the most widely sought introduction to the programming language that's changed the way we think about computing. Our updated third edition takes an objective, no-nonsense approach to the new features in Java 5.0, some of which are drastically different from the way things were done in any previous versions. The most essential change is the addition of "generics", a feature that allows developers to write, test, and deploy code once, and then reuse the code again and again for different data types. The beauty of generics is that more problems will be caught during development, and Learning Java will show you exactly how it's done.

Java 5.0 also adds more than 1,000 new classes to the Java library. That means 1,000 new things you can do without having to program it in yourself. That's a huge change. With our book's practical examples, you'll come up to speed quickly on this and other new features such as loops and threads. The new edition also includes an introduction to Eclipse, the open source IDE that is growing in popularity.

Learning Java, 3rd Edition addresses all of the important uses of Java, such as web applications, servlets, and XML that are increasingly driving enterprise applications.

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    5.0

    Excellent entry into Java.

    By Conklin

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      Comments about O'Reilly Media Learning Java, 3rd Edition:

      Helped me to obtain critical knowledge to fully prototype a game, along with constructing AI. I had no knowledge of Java prior to this book. It is still holding up in this decade, yet a very few minor codes are deprecated. On overall, a marvelous creation, and I appreciate humorous entries, that light up a book.

       
      2.0

      Not my favorite Java tutorial

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      Comments about O'Reilly Media Learning Java, 3rd Edition:

      I have fairly extensive programming experience, although none in Java. I bought this book because I had heard it was a good guide and would be very easy to follow, especially with my programming background. This was not the case. The book does not lay out the structure of the language or how to use it in an easy to follow manner. It is very thorough, to the point of being excessively dense. It groups too much information together without explaining it in laymen's terms. As someone who has programming experience I was able to follow it and understand, however it would not be my first, second, or even third choice for someone with little to no experience in writing code.

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      4.0

      Very good book

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        Comments about O'Reilly Media Learning Java, 3rd Edition:

        This is great book for those who really want to learn quality programming skills. It is very, very thorough. The problem with "21-hour" books and "24-day" books, is that they jump around too much just trying to get you to produce a program only to keep you interested. This book is great for people who want quality programming skills and don't have time to go back to college. This book is very methodic and thorough, may get boring for some.. but for those who really want to learn.. this is the best way.

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        5.0

        "Wonderfull to begin with Java........"

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          Comments about O'Reilly Media Learning Java, 3rd Edition:

          To learn the concepts.
          Use of examples to explain the concepts excellent

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          2.0

          Nice antique

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              Comments about O'Reilly Media Learning Java, 3rd Edition:

              The copyright on the book says it all. A book that has not been updated in 5 years is a historical artifact, not a current text book. I have found examples that use deprecated code. Also the early chapters presume you need to know all the basics before you can code anything.

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