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Java Programming Paperback – Feb 10 2012
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Poornachandra Sarang is a veteran Java programmer since Java’s 1996 inception. During the last 15 years, Dr. Sarang conducted many train-the-trainer programs, instructor authorization tests, and corporate trainings based on Sun Microsystems’ official curriculum. He has authored several books and journal articles on Java and various other allied topics. Dr. Sarang has been a regular speaker at many international conferences, including the recent JavaOne 2011. He is also associated with the University of Mumbai and a few other universities of repute as a visiting/adjunct faculty and Ph.D. advisor in Computer Science. Dr. Sarang is invited to deliver keynotes and technical talks in many international research and technology conferences. Besides Java coding, Dr. Sarang does some architecture work and is also well recognized in Enterprise Architecture space.
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Despite "Learn Advanced Skills" in the subtitle, the introduction targets "new to Java programming, a student studying for Java certification, or a professional programmer in other languages". I would add that it is also useful for those looking to update or refresh their knowledge of core Java, including JSE 7 ( aka OpenJDK ). In any event, I recommend that prospective purchasers scan the table of contents to ensure the areas covered meet their expectations. The technical reviewer is a respected Oracle Java architect.
Three additional chapters covering syntax, types, operators, and control flow are available on the book's page at the publisher's site. One surprise is that no code downloads for the book's examples are available as of this review date.
Coverage begins with a chapter on arrays, two chapters on object oriented programming, followed by chapters on object creation, interfaces, nested ( aka inner ) classes and exception handling. Next are two chapters on input/output ( I/O ) processing, then a chapter on enums, autoboxing and annotations, followed by a chapter on generics. There are three chapters related to GUI and graphics, and a chapter on collections. The final portion of the book has three chapters dealing with threads, and chapters on network programming and utility classes.
Keeping in mind that there are complete books written on several of these topics, the author does a good job of introducing and explaining them. The book has numerous examples with detailed explanations. Java 7 features, like try-with-resources and the fork/join framework, are introduced where appropriate.
I was glad to see three chapters on threads; too many programmers say "threads are easy" and end users endure the consequences. The utility classes chapter includes a discussion of and an example application using introspection and reflection, unusual for this type of book. Last, the index is reasonably comprehensive. Overall, I would rate "Java Programming" as a good addition to your bookshelf for the state of Java in early 2012.
Beginners will get a lot of good use out of this book if they download the first three chapters which are omitted from the print and study them with other, freely available, beginner material. I had the basics of programming, OO flow and logic down, so I was looking for syntax and the "Java" way of doing things, which this book provided in spades. I am not finished with the book; I'm a little over half way done, but I am looking forward to the coming chapters on threads and GUI programming. I would certainly recommend this book to folks like me, who programmed in the past and want to learn the Java syntax or programmers coming from another language. Great book.
My complaint is that it says chapters 1-3 (introductory) have been included on their website, and it only lists the domain, bringing you to the homepage. I tried navigating all over the place on their website and simply cannot find those mysterious 3 chapters. And I really need them.
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