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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 2 edition (May 8 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321356683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321356680
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 798 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“I sure wish I had this book ten years ago. Some might think that I don’t need any Java books, but I need this one.”

—James Gosling, fellow and vice president, Sun Microsystems, Inc.

 

“An excellent book, crammed with good advice on using the Java programming language and object-oriented programming in general.”

—Gilad Bracha, coauthor of The Java™ Language Specification, Third Edition

 

“10/10—anyone aspiring to write good Java code that others will appreciate reading and maintaining should be required to own a copy of this book. This is one of those rare books where the information won’t become obsolete with subsequent releases of the JDK library.”
—Peter Tran, bartender, JavaRanch.com

 

“The best Java book yet written.... Really great; very readable and eminently useful. I can’t say enough good things about this book. At JavaOne 2001, James Gosling said, ‘Go buy this book!’ I’m glad I did, and I couldn’t agree more.”
—Keith Edwards, senior member of research staff, Computer Science Lab at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), and author of Core JINI (Prentice Hall, 2000)

 

“This is a truly excellent book done by the guy who designed several of the better recent Java platform APIs (including the Collections API).”
—James Clark, technical lead of the XML Working Group during the creation of the XML 1.0 Recommendation, editor of the XPath and XSLT Recommendations

 

“Great content. Analogous to Scott Meyers’ classic Effective C++. If you know the basics of Java, this has to be your next book.”
—Gary K. Evans, OO mentor and consultant, Evanetics, Inc

 

“Josh Bloch gives great insight into best practices that really can only be discovered after years of study and experience.”
—Mark Mascolino, software engineer

 

“This is a superb book. It clearly covers many of the language/platform subtleties and trickery you need to learn to become a real Java master.”
—Victor Wiewiorowski, vice president development and code quality manager, ValueCommerce Co., Tokyo, Japan

 

“I like books that under-promise in their titles and over-deliver in their contents. This book has 57 items of programming advice that are well chosen. Each item reveals a clear, deep grasp of the language. Each one illustrates in simple, practical terms the limits of programming on intuition alone, or taking the most direct path to a solution without fully understanding what the language offers.”

—Michael Ernest, Inkling Research, Inc.

 

“I don’t find many programming books that make me want to read every page—this is one of them.”
—Matt Tucker, chief technical officer, Jive Software

 

“Great how-to resource for the experienced developer.”
—John Zukowski, author of numerous Java technology books

 

“I picked this book up two weeks ago and can safely say I learned more about the Java language in three days of reading than I did in three months of study! An excellent book and a welcome addition to my Java library.”
—Jane Griscti, I/T advisory specialist

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Are you looking for a deeper understanding of the Java(tm) programming language so that you can write code that is clearer, more correct, more robust, and more reusable? Look no further!Effective Java(tm), Second Edition,brings together seventy-eight indispensable programmer's rules of thumb: working, best-practice solutions for the programming challenges you encounter every day.

 

This highly anticipated new edition of the classic, Jolt Award-winning work has been thoroughly updated to cover Java SE 5 and Java SE 6 features introduced since the first edition. Bloch explores new design patterns and language idioms, showing you how to make the most of features ranging from generics to enums, annotations to autoboxing.

 

Each chapter in the book consists of several “items presented in the form of a short, standalone essay that provides specific advice, insight into Java platform subtleties, and outstanding code examples. The comprehensive descriptions and explanations for each item illuminate what to do, what not to do, and why.

 

Highlights include:

  • New coverage of generics, enums, annotations, autoboxing, the for-each loop, varargs, concurrency utilities, and much more
  • Updated techniques and best practices on classic topics, including objects, classes, libraries, methods, and serialization
  • How to avoid the traps and pitfalls of commonly misunderstood subtleties of the language
  • Focus on the language and its most fundamental libraries: java.lang, java.util, and, to a lesser extent, java.util.concurrent and java.io

Simply put,Effective Java(tm), Second Edition,presents the most practical, authoritative guidelines available for writing efficient, well-designed programs.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mirko on July 22 2012
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I used to pioneer Java at the conclusion of the last century in HP. The language itself and its principle of the unified framework made me immediately fall in love with it. Examples and demos I created, impressed not only people around me, but also bosses at very high levels. Unfortunately, at that time, the Java environment was nowhere near close to what it is today, and some obvious lack of power made it difficult to promote Java as a way to go. Although sadly, I had to admit the advantages of C++ over Java, and the language and I stayed away from each other for many years. In the mean time I grew into a very proficient C++ programmer, and almost came to the point where no more secrets for me were there. Scott Meyers' books, especially "Effective C++" made this path much easier for anyone.

Now, why such a big intro? Well, when I lately got back to Java, the new things in the language got absorbed very quickly. That is never a problem for a fluent programmer. What was missing is a way to breathe the language, rather than to just write the code. The code I used to write was a mere C++ code written in Java, complaining inside how Java does not have a proper answer for this or that. Design was there, but the code layout seemed unnatural and enforced. The lack of comfortability was obvious, and then I resorted to this book. I swallowed the book in just in a couple of days. The whole new world opened to me. While I don't assume I am nowhere near the levels of a Java expert today, this book made me much more comfortable adopting the newer stuff, using the infrastructure and writing the code in general.

Java experts would probably sweep through the book learning very little of the new stuff (that's why they are experts), but for anyone who is bellow that level I cannot emphasise how important it is to keep it handy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Justin Hanekom on June 25 2009
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This book is an absolute must have for anyone who is working in Java. In fact I would recommend this book even to someone -- like myself -- who is not a Java developer, although it is highly focused on Java development.

If you can buy no other computer book, buy this one. If you can't afford it, borrow the money!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By hintberi on April 17 2011
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The foreword of the book characterizes its contents very well. There are three parts to master a programming language: understand the core language (object-oriented, functional, etc.), know the vocabulary (operations, standard libraries, etc.) and use the language effectively. This book covers the third part. You can, of course, write Java programs without this book, but with its provided knowledge your Java programs will become better. Definitively! It should be on the desk of every serious Java developer. I haven't read it from start to finish. I use it as a reference to continuously improve my Java programs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sara on Jan. 9 2014
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This book isn't everything that you need to know about Java, but it is everything that you HAVE TO know... I love the short, isolated and to-the-point chapters, lets me open the book at any topic and read through. The verse is also interesting, Joshua Bloch is not just a good developer, he is a good writer as well
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Ly on Jan. 2 2013
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I do dare say you are not a disciplined Java programmer unless you've read this book at least once. Some of the items are common sense but they are often overlooked in the real world. Bloch did a wonderful job of providing practical examples and clear explanation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fiona Zhao on June 16 2014
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Classical Book on Java. Always think about buying one. It's not a book for starter, but if you already have had experience in Java, it's a book for review and enhancement
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This book is a collection of short topics related to core Java. Each topic describes a best practice, a design pattern, or a pitfall to be avoided. It is an easy read and makes a great reference book to keep at your desk, or assigned reading for junior team members. Even if you're a Java expert, there are still probably a few tips in here that you'll find helpful.
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