Java continues to be the dominant language for building server applications, and the latest update to the Java platform—JDK 5—boasts many new features, including a metadata facility, generics, autoboxing, and improved user interface performance. Building upon Ivor Horton's Beginning Java, this book provides insight into these sophisticated features of JDK 5 and shows you how to master the more advanced aspects of this evolving and complex language.
Beginning with an overview of the best tools and techniques for developing Java applications, the expert author team then discusses how to use Java to develop software solutions for common challenges. Several real-world examples provide you with a well-rounded survey of the professional Java development landscape, which will help you master both the core Java language as well as the intricacies of JDK 5.
What you will learn from this book
- When to use Java open source tools such as Ant and JUnit
- Techniques to implement, save, and restore functionality to your applications
- How to interact with other language libraries using Java Native Interface
- Ways to communicate between Java components
- Methods to secure and deploy your Java applications
- How to produce a configurable process architecture
- How to exploit common patterns in Java
Who this book is for
This book is for Java developers who are looking for an all-purpose resource, are ready for more advanced Java solutions and language features, and need a bit of assistance when tackling new Java problems that may be outside their technological experience.