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The Java Language Specification (3rd Edition) Paperback – Jun 14 2005
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This edition of the Java™ Programming Language Specification represents the largest set of changes in the language's history. Generics, annotations, asserts, autoboxing and unboxing, enum types, for-each loops, variable arity methods and static imports have all been added to the language recently. All but asserts are new to the 5.0 release of autumn 2004.
This third edition of The Java™ Language Specification reflects these developments. It integrates all the changes made to the Java programming language since the publication of the second edition in 2000.
The language has grown a great deal in these past four years. Unfortunately, it is unrealistic to shrink a commercially successful programming language--only to grow it more and more. The challenge of managing this growth under the constraints of compatibility and the conflicting demands of a wide variety of uses and users is non-trivial. I can only hope that we have met this challenge successfully with this specification; time will tell.
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Written by the inventors of the technology, The Java™ Language Specification, Third Edition , is the definitive technical reference for the Java™ programming language. If you want to know the precise meaning of the language's constructs, this is the source for you.
The book provides complete, accurate, and detailed coverage of the Java programming language. It provides full coverage of all new features added since the previous edition, including generics, annotations, asserts, autoboxing, enums, for-each loops, variable arity methods, and static import clauses.
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It is Java's definitive manual authorized by SUN, as compared with ISO-14882 for C++. Any serious Java users should put it on their desktop for final reference. Read morePublished on June 8 2000 by firstname.lastname@example.org
This book is Java's definition manual authorized by SUN, as compared with the ISO-14882 for C++. Any serious Java user should put the book on their desptop for final reference. Read morePublished on June 8 2000
It's really usefull book. It provides friendly written description of Java Specification.Published on June 7 2000
I'm hoping a more up to date version of this book will come out soon. There is a lot of good coverage and examples in this book but lacks details in cases such as inner classes... Read morePublished on Dec 20 1999 by James Moliere
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