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  • Paperback: 722 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 3 edition (Jan. 31 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596006209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596006204
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 862 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #278,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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David Flanagan looks to be trying to corner the market in Java titles. Java Examples in a Nutshell is his fourth and is designed to be read in conjunction with the earlier books in which he says, it proved impossible to include all the example code he would have liked.

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 essential, learn-as-you-go tutorial invites new and seasoned Java developers to let go of worries about the complexity and sophistication of Java and simply jump in and try effective new programming techniques and code. It's a very good place to start if you're thinking of trying something new." Industrial Networking & Open Contol, April 2004 "This is not, perhaps, for the gnarled old 'sandals and beard' developer at the back of the office, but if you're a junior developer, or perhaps a highly experienced developer moving into Java for the first time, you won't find much better reading, and doing, than this." - Davey Winder, PC Plus, Nov (Rating 9/10)

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In this 3rd edition, author David Flanagan has updated the book with coverage of Java 1.4. In keeping with the tradition of the other nutshell books, this book is an instant must-have book. This book is divided into 4 sections. The first section is a short yet very nice Java and OO tutorial. This book is not meant to replace your regular tutorial book, but can certainly act as that for someone who already knows the basics and is trying to bone up on the language API and usage.
The second section of the book covers the core Java API, including I/O, NIO, threads, networking, security and cryptography, serialization, and reflection. This section of the book is really solid and includes great working and commented examples of most of the core set of Java API. I really liked the network section as it includes code that will fulfill most of your needs in terms of network related development.
The third section of the book deals with graphics and user-interface including Swing, Java 2D graphics, preferences, printing, drag-and-drop, JavaBeans, applets, and sound. Not being much of a UI guy, I glossed over most of this section but it seemed complete and comprehensive. I know where I am going to turn if I ever need to work with Swing or applets.
The last section of the book includes coverage of the server-side Java or J2EE development, including JDBC, JAXP (XML parsing and transformation), Servlets 2.4, JSP 2.0, and RMI. Being a back-end or server side developer, I spent a lot of time consuming this section and I was very impressed with the quality of the coverage, explanation and examples included in this section.
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The book "Java Examples in a Nutshell" is a collection of annotated Java source code examples covering Java 1.3 APIs, including XML, JSP, RMI. It also describes topics like Threads, Internationalization, Printing or Security.
The collection of examples in this book is excellent. A comprehensive list of small programs that solve most of the common problems you might encounter when developing Java applications. A book like this can't possibly cover all facets of the rich Java API, but the selection of examples is well balanced and focusses on the key areas.
The code examples are very well structured and formatted and contain enough comments to explain all important parts of a particular solution. There's a lot to learn just by reading the source code.
But although the main focus of the book are examples, I would have hoped for some more textual explanations. Yes, the code examples are very well commented, but would prefer to see more regular text passages in-between the code explaining a particular implementation detail.
In summary, the book is so useful because it focusses on what is really essential to us developers: the source code. And despite my minor criticism I'll have to give it 5 stars.
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Now in a newly updated and expanded third edition, Java Examples In A Nutshell is a 720 page instructional compendium by Java expert David Flanagan expertly covers Java 2 Version 1.4, and the tutorial companion to "Java In A Nutshell." Featuring 193 complete examples with practical applications, over 21,900 lines of thoroughly commented, professionally written code, new chapters on the Java Sound API and New I/O API, and much more, Java Examples In A Nutshell is a must-have for any beginning or experienced programmer seeking to learn by doing and hone their skills for adapting to any given programming task. As a tutorial companion, "Java Examples In A Nutshell" does not focus on excessive explanation but rather direct learning through experience; both "Java Examples In A Nutshell" and the more pedantic "Java In A Nutshell" are highly recommended.
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By A Customer on Oct. 27 2000
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For those of you, like myself, who have purchased numerous books on the Java programming language, O'Reilly's Java Examples in a Nutshell is a great companion to your Java library.
This book provides excellent examples for both the beginner and advanced Java programmer covering everything from utilizing the core Java API to AWT/Swing to more advanced real-world examples using RMI, JDBC, and Servlet development.
The best thing about this book is it that it provides readable examples of some concepts that aren't so easily explained in regular documentation. To see a great variety of Java's capabilities put into real working examples is extremely valuable to the Java developer of any skill level.
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This book is a wonderful addition to a java developer's library. This book will greatly complement introductory or textbook-style books with its concrete examples and thorough coverage of concepts in a realistic context.
IF you are looking for your first book on java - this book won't be your first choice - but it will be a very strong second to complement your new found java skills and show how to apply those new found skills will interesting, full-functional, "meaty" sample programs that are easy to reference based on topic. Great Reference!
If you are found of the O'Reilly style of reference a great first java book would be "Learning Java" by Niemeyer and Knudsen.
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