James Pyles writes "I liked Fisher's Introduction to Java Phrasebook in that he very clearly explained what a phrasebook
is and what it isn't. That's pretty much key when deciding to buy a phrasebook or not. He used the analogy of
a foreign language phrasebook (from which the technical phrasebook gets its origins). Let's say you want to
vacation in Germany but don't speak the language. With a German phrasebook, you could look up any number of
common phrases to help you get by ("Where's the bathroom?" is a must). The phrasebook in no way shape or
form is able to actually teach you the German language nor does it contain all of the phrases you might
imagine wanting to say (such as "Do you come here often?"). Phrasebooks contain just enough to get you by.
With that in mind, I proceeded through the pages of Fisher's text.
The first chapter outlines what you'll need to get started including a Java distribution from Sun.
The first submission uses the time honored "hello world" phrase in demonstrating "Compiling a Java
Program". Fisher's experience shows throughout the pages of this book. To quote from his bio: "Timothy
Fisher has been working professionally in the Java software development field since 1997. He has
served in a variety of roles including developer, team leader, and chief architect.Tim is currently a
consultant for the Compuware Corporation in Detroit, Michigan. Tim also enjoys writing about
technology and has been a contributor to Java Developer’s Journal and XML Journal"."