Java In a Nutshell (Third Edition)
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Java in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition, is the sequel to the highly successful series of books by author David Flanagan. His books have been both a handy reference when programming, and a quick-start guide to learning the Java language. Unlike other authors, when David releases a new edition, it is very much a complete rewrite, rather than just adding a chapter here and there.
This is, however, a double-edged sword. It means that you can pick up the latest edition, and still find it useful if you've read previous ones. However, to conserve space, the book becomes more and more compact, so some of the great sections like a comparison between C++ and Java from the first edition is reduced to a two page summary of bullet points.
Java in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition is, nonetheless, the best Java reference available on the market. It covers all the core Java technologies, save the Abstract Windowing Toolkit and Swing graphical libraries, which have been relegated to the new book Java Foundation Classes in a Nutshell. This will be a disappointment to some, but if you're looking for a language reference, and not a guide to GUI programming, this title is an excellent buy. Particularly if you're new to the Nutshell series, David Flanagan's fast paced guide to Java is a perfect desktop reference -- David Reilly
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