Like all good coding books it starts with "Hello world", used in this case to illustrate how to correctly set up your Java environment. After a few more basic examples there is a set of exercises which test your grasp of the material. From then on Flanagan tends to refer you to other books in the series to provide background and reference material relevant to the examples under discussion--a great marketing tool. In practice, any basic Java reference will provide this information. What they won't do is provide so many or such well thought out code examples for you to play with.
After the first few chapters you will be glad all the code is available for download as the examples become longer and more complex with ever less text between them. The simple Web browser example alone goes on for many pages.
Despite starting at the absolute beginning Java Examples In A Nutshell goes to the limits with sections on using RMI, JDBC, XML, servlets, JSP and lots more. It covers GUI programming, sound, encryption, internationalisation and other technologies essential for creating practical programs--all with exercises to ensure you really do understand.
While Java code is available from many Net sites the combination of organisation, examples and exercises make this a massively useful book for any budding or working Java programmer. --Steve Patient --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is an excellent book covering Java 1.4 with practical examples. The book is divided into four parts: Learning Java, Core Java APIs, Desktop Java APIs, and Enterprise Java... Read morePublished on June 26 2004
Java developers who are looking for working examples of code that illustrate specific concepts. Read more
Most programmers learn by doing. When programming using a new API for the first time, I very often look at sample code to get the real feel for how the code should work. Read morePublished on Sept. 11 2002 by "wgstreicher"
This book absolutely wonderful.
It has a many real world examples and good questions which are so similar to the examples in the book. Read more
Somewhat outdated. Mostly covers J1.2, but weak at J1.3. It may have some historical value in order to show how Java programming was done at the good old days. Read morePublished on Dec 28 2001 by MEHMET ENDER BATUR
These are the most worn covers for the dozen Java books I own.
They are greate for learning and reference. Read more
I though I was buying the two Nutshell books as just an occaisonal reference to clarify things for me. Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2001 by Mark W Mitchell
This book, combined with Java in a Nutshell and Java Foundation Classes in a Nutshell make for one great reference on Java. The examples are easy to follow and are well commented. Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2001 by C. Higgins
This book doesn't teach you anything ussing theory only examples. The examples are very good and real. Read morePublished on July 13 2001 by DANIEL GUERRA