Java Pocket Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: March 2008
Pages: 194

How many times have you reached an impasse while writing code because you couldn't remember how something in Java worked? This new pocket guide is designed to keep you moving. Concise, convenient and easy to use, the Java Pocket Guide gives you Java stripped down to its bare essentials -- in fact, it's the only book on Java that you can actually fit in your pocket.

Written by Robert and Patricia Liguori, senior software and lead information engineers for Java-based air traffic management and simulation environments, Java Pocket Guide contains everything you really need to know about Java, particularly everything you need to remember. The book pays special attention to the new areas in Java 5 and 6, such as generics and annotations.

Why do you need the Java Pocket Guide?

  • It's the only CliffsNotes-style guide to Java available
  • Lets you find important things quickly without consulting 1000-page tutorials
  • Includes many command-line options
  • Organized for quick and easy use on the job
If you're looking to learn some aspect of Java, this is not your book. Java Pocket Guide is for the experienced Java programmers among you who need quick reminders to jog your memory on how something in the language works. Simply put, this pocket guide offers practical help for practicing developers.

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Short and sweet

By ChrisBarker

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Sometimes, all you need is a quick reminder of some part of Java you use infrequently--this book is it. The book is small enough to fit in your pocket (though the perfect binding may not survive that for long); each chapter is short and to-the-point with sufficient code snippets to help you along.

If you are learning Java, this is a (very) useful supplementary text, but you will need more detailed texts.

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Quick Java Help

By Dave Walz-Burkett

from Undisclosed

Comments about oreilly Java Pocket Guide:

This short and sweet pocket-sized Java guide covers the subject quickly and to the point. It brings together the main Java concepts in a single, compact format. Sometimes it's nice to have a feather-light reference in your rucksack.

While tiny, the guide contains the following:

Part I. Language

Chapter 1: Naming Conventions

Chapter 2: Lexical Elements

Chapter 3: Fundamental Types

Chapter 4: Reference Types

Chapter 5: Object-Oriented Programming

Chapter 6: Statements and Blocks

Chapter 7: Exception Handling

Chapter 8: Java Modifiers

Part II. Platform

Chapter 9: Java Platform, SE

Chapter 10: Development Basics

Chapter 11: Basic Input and Output

Chapter 12: Java Collections Framework

Chapter 13: Generics Framework

Chapter 14: Concurrency

Chapter 15: Memory Management

Chapter 16: The Java Scripting API

Chapter 17: Third-Party Tools

Chapter 18: UML Basics

The book is well organized and well written. It contains micro-snippets of code for virtually every topic covered. It's a helpful book to keep around for review or quick lookups. If you are new to Java but already a programmer of another object-oriented language, you could read it to get a quick, high-level overview. I have found it to be among the most useful Java books I own.

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