Ian Darwin's 'Java Cookbook' is no exception. Coming in at a hefty 800 pages, this is a book that helps the reader cut to the chase quickly and effectively. Covering a wide range of topics, from database access to graphics, from client-side to server-side, from internationalisation to performance optimisation. The 26 chapters really do provide solid coverage of most areas of Java development.
Tricky areas, such as printing or programming serial and parallel ports are well-covered. Introductory material is kept to a minimum, thereâs an opening chapter that reprises some of the mechanics of compiling, running and debugging programs but even so this is definitely not a beginner's book.
This new edition of the book includes coverage of Tiger (Java 1.5 or J2SE 5.0 or whatever name finally sticks). The whole of chapter 8, for example, looks specifically at new language features, including generics, foreach, autoboxing and so on. There's coverage in other chapters too, but there's also a lot of pre-Tiger code on display.
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