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Java Programming on Linux Paperback – Dec 22 1999

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 944 pages
  • Publisher: Que Publishing; 1 edition (Dec 22 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571691669
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571691668
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 5.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,896,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The point of Java Programming on Linux is that while Java software generally looks the same from platform to platform--that's the glory of its portable nature--the tools for generating that software differ among operating systems. In this book, Nathan Meyers presents a comprehensive picture of the Java universe from the point of view of people who run Linux.

Though this book does include some general material on Linux and Java (both of which receive better coverage elsewhere, in dedicated volumes), it is the best available catalog of Linux development tools for Java. Meyers documents scores of tools (including compilers, debuggers, virtual machines, just-in-time compilers, and various utilities), some of which he developed himself, in considerable detail.

This book also explains the peccadilloes of the Linux environment when it's called upon to interpret Java programs, including those that relate to X windowing and multithreading. Meyers's documentation concisely states the basics (command syntax and option descriptions) and builds upon them in many cases with examples and notes from his experiments. Where it's appropriate, he's included code that shows how particular features work (or don't work).

For the dedicated Linux user who knows Java well and wants to do serious development work in the language without switching platforms, Java Programming on Linux provides a statement of what programmers can do--and what tools exist to help them. --David Wall

Topics covered: Aspects of developing and deploying Java software on computers that run the Linux operating system; the Sun Java Development Kit (JDK) as it applies to Linux and how versions 1.1 and 1.2 of the JDK differ in that environment; documentation of Linux development and runtime tools for Linux.

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Java Programming on Linux is a detailed how-to book on using Java on a Linux operating system. Topics include installing and enabling a Java runtime environment under Linux, Java development in Linux, running Java applications and applets under Linux, using Java with Linux-based Web servers, using Sun Components JCE and JAI in Linux, using Sun Environments Personal Java, Embedded Java, and Jini in Linux, and using JNI to Link Java and Native Capabilities.

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This book is outdated and provides very little real information on programming in Java. As other reviewers have stated, it is primarily a list of (outdated) Java programming resources. The author also makes the mistake of assuming throughout the book that the book will be read from cover to cover. As I tried, however much in vain, to use the book as a reference, as I thinks most readers do, I constantly ran into unexplained references to "phenomena" and had to go back through the book looking for the initial explanation of said phenomena. Of course, we should always expect that a book nearly three years old would be somewhat outdated, but it would be nice, for a change, to find a publisher driven by more than mere greed who would recognize the diminishing utility of a book like this and adjust the price accordingly. After reading quite a bit of the book, in retrospect I would not even pay half of the [price] when I bought this book, but at least a 50% price-reduction would have meant a little less of my hard-earned dinero wasted and thus available to buy a truly useful book on Java Programming on Linux, if one truly exists...This book should be pulled from the eShelves and replaced with something useful. SAVE YOUR MONEY!!!
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This book fills a niche which has been needed for Java on Linux developers. It's not for someone wanting to learn Linux or Java - instead it quite nicely fills the gap of helping a Java & Linux user combine the two. Primarily it lists the many tools & jdks available and how to get, install, and use them. Having used Java on Linux for several years now, I believe this book would have been a real time saver when I first started with them.
Most of the info is quite current and major changes/updates are noted on the author's website.
The book is a monster (nearly 900 pages). IMO, it's too big. The first 185 pages (separate intros to Java and Linux) should have been greatly reduced or removed altogether. The author does a reasonable job in this section of trying to introduce both Java & Linux but would have been better off just pointing the reader to other texts and saving some trees. Part 3, the next 35 pages, could have been reduced to but a few pages as well.
From this point on, I think the book does a very good job of listing your options for tools available for Java on Linux. It is thorough in it's breadth of coverage. The only items where I thought it was lacking was with a few of the available JSP servlet engines and more detail (or references) for database info for Linux (mSql, postgres).
Overall, this book should be a good reference for Java/Linux developers.
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Java Programming on Linux by Nathan Meyers is a valuable addition to your Java bookshelf, if you work on LINUX.
The introduction is a very good overview of Java and explains why Java (despite the hype) is not much used to program GUIs and why its main use is on the server.
It also explains where you can't use Java.
It is not really the tutorial. It takes the approach of diving into long program listings. The coverage of Java classes is about what you'd get by using the SUN online documentation (which is better).
So I wouldn't use the book to teach yourself Java or as a Java reference.
Here is where the book shines: setting up Java on LINUX and using the large number of tools that are available on LINUX for Java programming.
The book takes the approach of running programs and showing their output almost without commentary, but it is the only book I know of that will show you what is out there on LINUX if you want to do Java development.
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I don't know if the other reviewers have read the books carefully or not because the books have been over-rated. First of all, the book is filled with reference stuff for both linux and java which do not help people to understand either of them. The useful stuffs are to help people WHERE to get java softwares, HOW to install them and how to CONFIGURE them both as SYSTEM wide and USER limited usage and HOW to RUN THE SOFTWARES. In these aspects, the book did not do a very good job. The one website the book referred to is BLACKDOWN which is a good site but the java softwares there are not updated often( it still carries jdk1.2 beta ! ).
In conclusion, the book should be trimmed down in half and emphasizes more in those aforementioned stuffs and cut the price. To be fair, the book does contain some good stuffs but these are rare.
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Java development on Linux has lagged behind until now. The news of the day is Java Rocks on Linux. This book goes into detail how to get set up, what tools are available and where to get them. There is a CDROM that comes with the book and a website (CDROMS tend to get stale fast) for crucial updates, news and other vital information. IMHO programming Java on Linux has been one of the best kept secrets of the late 90s. This book is a step toward disclosure. Linux and Java go together like milk and cookies.
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