From the Back Cover
“Thinking in Javashould be read cover to cover by every Java programmer, then kept close at hand for frequent reference. The exercises are challenging, and the chapter on Collections is superb! Not only did this book help me to pass the Sun Certified Java Programmer exam; it’s also the first book I turn to whenever I have a Java question.”
—Jim Pleger, Loudoun County (Virginia) Government
“Muchbetter than any other Java book I’ve seen. Make that ‘by an order of magnitude’.... Very complete, with excellent right-to-the-point examples and intelligent, not dumbed-down, explanations.... In contrast to many other Java books I found it to be unusually mature, consistent, intellectually honest, well-written, and precise. IMHO, an ideal book for studying Java.”
—Anatoly Vorobey, Technion University, Haifa, Israel
“Absolutely one of the best programming tutorials I’ve seen for any language.”
—Joakim Ziegler, FIX sysop
“Thank you again for your awesome book. I was really floundering (being a non-C programmer), but your book has brought me up to speed as fast as I could read it. It’s really cool to be able to understand the underlying principles and concepts from the start, rather than having to try to build that conceptual model through trial and error. Hopefully I will be able to attend your seminar in the not-too-distant future.”
—Randall R. Hawley, automation technician, Eli Lilly & Co.
“This is one of the best books I’ve read about a programming language.... The best book ever written on Java.”
—Ravindra Pai, Oracle Corporation, SUNOS product line
“Bruce, your book is wonderful! Your explanations are clear and direct. Through your fantastic book I have gained a tremendous amount of Java knowledge. The exercises are alsofantasticand do an excellent job reinforcing the ideas explained throughout the chapters. I look forward to reading more books written by you. Thank you for the tremendous service that you are providing by writing such great books. My code will be much better after readingThinking in Java.I thank you and I’m sure any programmers who will have to maintain my code are also grateful to you.”
—Yvonne Watkins, Java artisan, Discover Technologies, Inc.
“Other books cover thewhatof Java (describing the syntax and the libraries) or thehowof Java (practical programming examples).Thinking in Javais the only book I know that explains thewhyof Java: Why it was designed the way it was, why it works the way it does, why it sometimes doesn’t work, why it’s better than C++, why it’s not. Although it also does a good job of teaching the what and how of the language,Thinking in Javais definitely the thinking person’s choice in a Java book.”Awards forThinking in Java
—Robert S. Stephenson
2003Software Development MagazineJolt Award for Best Book
2003Java Developer’s JournalReader’s Choice Award for Best Book
2001JavaWorldEditor’s Choice Award for Best Book
2000JavaWorldReader’s Choice Award for Best Book
1999Software Development MagazineProductivity Award
1998Java Developer’s JournalEditor’s Choice Award for Best Book
Thinking in Javahas earned raves from programmers worldwide for its extraordinary clarity, careful organization, and small, direct programming examples. From the fundamentals of Java syntax to its most advanced features,Thinking in Javais designed to teach, one simple step at a time.
- The classic object-oriented introduction for beginners and experts alike, fully updated for Java SE5/6 with many new examples and chapters!
- Test framework shows program output.
- Design patterns are shown with multiple examples throughout: Adapter, Bridge, Chain of Responsibility, Command, Decorator, Facade, Factory Method, Flyweight, Iterator, Data Transfer Object, Null Object, Proxy, Singleton, State, Strategy, Template Method, and Visitor.
- Introduction to XML for data transfer; SWT, Flash for user interfaces.
- Completely rewritten concurrency chapter gives you a solid grasp of threading fundamentals.
- 500+ working Java programs in 700+ compiling files, rewritten for this edition and Java SE5/6.
- Companion web site includes all source code, annotated solution guide, weblog, and multimedia seminars.
- Thorough coverage of fundamentals; demonstrates advanced topics.
- Explains sound object-oriented principles.
- Hands-On Java Seminar CDavailable online, with full multimedia seminar by Bruce Eckel.
- Live seminars, consulting, and reviews available.Seewww.MindView.net
Download seven free sample chapters fromThinking in Java, Fourth Edition.Visithttp://mindview.net/Books/TIJ4.
About the Author
Bruce Eckel is president of MindView, Inc. (www.MindView.net), which provides public and private training seminars, consulting, mentoring, and design reviews in object-oriented technology and design patterns. He is the author of several books, has written more than fifty articles, and has given lectures and seminars throughout the world for more than twenty years. Bruce has served as a voting member of the C++ Standards Committee. He holds a B.S. in applied physics and an M.S. in computer engineering.