- 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: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,890,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Java Programming on Linux Paperback – Dec 22 1999
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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.
From the Back Cover
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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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.
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.
I will agree with a comments about Java and Linux going hand to hand but this book will not
show you how to program java on linux. I have seen many other books in that price range
and by far they where much better.
I found the book helpful because it explains why Java performs the way it does. In particular, the sections on the relationship between AWT, Swing and XFree86 are very informative.
I needed to implement a server-side Java application on Linux, and this book was very helpful.
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