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The Java Language Specification (3rd Edition) [Paperback]

James Gosling , Bill Joy , Guy L. Steele Jr. , Gilad Bracha
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June 14 2005 0321246780 978-0321246783 3

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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Java book for experienced programmers. Sept. 18 1996
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Never buy Internet/Programming books by the pound.
If you already know how programming languages and
compilers work (maybe you've written a compiler or
two..) and you want evaluate Java as a language or
you want to develop your Java programming "head" in
addition to your "C" "head" and your assembler "head",
this is the resource.
This is learning the beauty of the Java language by
drinking from the firehose, not slodging through the
mud. The book is mercifully concise, Emily Dickinson
would be proud.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great technial resource July 31 2000
Format:Paperback
This book is not for newbie or non-technical person. If you want to sharpen, your java skills add this book to your shelf. Although JavaDocs should be the first place to look for technical specification but this printed, form has its own advantage. Specially if it's hard for you to read online grab a copy of this book. Book is technical, precise and well compiled. Great reference book. Hey, if you are one of those people who go for examples rather than specification then save you money for something else like almanac
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great but dated Java reference Feb. 21 2000
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Format:Paperback
If you've been programming in Java for a while and want to get down to the nitty-gritty details of Java syntax and semantics, this is the book for you! It's also great preparation for the Java Programmer's Certification exam. But before you buy this book, you should know that the on-line version is available for download (free).. Also, be warned that this book covers Java 1.0 and that it's rumored that an updated edition that covers Java 2 will be published soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellect, definitive guide to Java... May 26 2001
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Format:Paperback
This book is essential for learning Java, and should be read by anyone serious about learning the language. Pay special attention to the example programs, as they highlight special cases and subtleties that are not explained in other books, and often misconstrued by the authors of other books.
Bear in mind that this books is available for free from Sun Microsystems's web site. They offer it in either HTML or in PDF. So you can save some money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Dec 29 1999
Format:Paperback
I have half a shelf full of Java books, and a folder full of online bookmarks, but after a half dozen frustrating searches through the others, I've learned to always look here first for a question about the core language. This book doesn't cover the non-core packages, and it doesn't cover the newer (Java 2) extensions, but it is indispensible for what it does cover. Plus, it has the most interesting index of any technical book I've seen.
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