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Sams Teach Yourself Java in 21 Days,Professional Reference Edition
by Laura Lemay
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Newly revised for some of the latest Sun JDK 1.3 standards, the second edition of Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 21 Days provides a refreshingly compact and useful tour of Java suitable for anyone who wants to master this powerful programming language quickly.
Currently, Java has some 2,000 classes and over 24,000 methods and properties. Instead of covering a laundry list of features, this book concentrates on what's really important, and keeps your attention with short, clever examples, many of which use names and examples drawn from pop culture or historical trivia.
The first week of lessons in the book comprises an easily digestible tutorial on basic Java, with review questions and exercises that will help you start using it on your own. Next comes a tour of the various options for building user interfaces in today's Java, including Swing applets and applications. In addition to basic component programming, you'll learn graphics using the new Java 2D API. (The older Abstract Windowing Toolkit, AWT, isn't covered.) Material on threading, animation, and sound helps you explore Java's multimedia capabilities.
The third and final week of lessons addresses advanced Java APIs and features that extend the reach of Java on the enterprise. After delving into more advanced class design, the book looks at topics like I/O streams in Java and Object Serialization (which allows objects to work with streams). Chapters on security and basic networking (illustrated using a server that generates trivia questions for clients) will let you work with Java on the Internet. The book closes with a chapter on database programming with JDBC. (There's also coverage of the older JDK 1.0 collection classes, which is a little surprising given the book's focus on newer Java 2 standards.)
All in all, Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 21 Days provides an efficiently packaged tutorial for learning Java, one that will be appreciated by any beginning Java programmer. The sheer number of classes and APIs in today's Java can be overwhelming. The intelligent and concise series of lessons in this book will help jump-start your knowledge. --Richard Dragan
Sams Teach Yourself Java in 21 Days continues to be one of the most popular, bestselling Java tutorials on the market. It has been acclaimed for its clear and personable writing, for its extensive use of examples, and for its logical and complete organization. The Professional Reference Edition of the book includes an extra seven chapters covering advanced topics like object serialization, remote method invocation, accessibility, security, JavaBeans, JDBC, and advanced data structures - as well as a 200-page reference section detailing the most commonly used aspects of the Java language. The book's CD-ROM will include all the source code for the book's examples, a fully functional Java compiler, and demo versions of leading Java development tools.
A thoroughly revised, updated, and improved edition of one of the world's leading Java tutorials Updated to cover version 1.4 of the Java 2 Standard Edition SDK-due to be finalized by the end of 2001. Restructured and rewritten to expand the book's coverage of core Java programming topics. Authors are expert technical writers, able explain the most complex programming concepts with clarity and humor. Sams Teach Yourself Java in 21 Days continues to be one of the most popular, best-selling Java tutorials on the market. Written by two expert technical writers, it has been acclaimed for its clear and personable writing, for its extensive use of examples, and for its logical and complete organization. This new edition of the book maintains and improves upon all these qualities, while updating, revising, and reorganizing the material to cover the latest developments in Java and to expand the book's coverage of core Java programming topics. Sun's new version of Java 2 Standard Edition-SDK version 1.4-is expected to be released by the end of 2001. According to Sun, version 1.4 builds upon Java's cross-platform support and security model with new features and functionality, enhanced performance and scalability, and improved reliability and serviceability. Laura Lemay is one of the world's most popular authors on Web development topics. Her books have sold over two million copies worldwide. Known for her ability to clearly explain even the most difficult technical topics, she complements her discussions with interesting yet practical examples. She is also the author of Sams Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML & XHTML in 21 Days, 0-672-32077-0, $34.99, Sams, 3/2001. Rogers Cadenhead is a writer, computer programmer, and Web developer who has written nine books on Internet-related topics. He maintains the Cruel Site of the Day and several other popular Internet sites. He is also the author of Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 24 Hours, 0-672-3236-3, $24.99, Sams, 11/ 2000. 0672323702
A complete guide to the latest features of Java 2 with practical examples, covering both Java 2 and Java 1.02 event-handling systems. Step-by-step lessons to learning Java 2 in 21 days.
From the Back Cover
Sams Teach Yourself Java in 21 Days continues to be one of the most popular, best-selling Java tutorials on the market. It has been acclaimed for its clear and personable writing, for its extensive use of examples, and for its logical and complete organization. The Professional Reference Edition of the book includes an extra seven chapters covering advanced topics like object serialization, remote method invocation, accessibility, security, JavaBeans, JDBC, and advanced data structures â as well as a 200-page reference section detailing the most commonly used aspects of the Java language. This edition of the book has been updated and revised to cover version 1.3 of the Java 2 Standard Edition SDK, and the book's CD-ROM includes a fully functional Java compiler, as well as the bookâs source code and a collection of third-party Java development tools and utilities.
About the Author
Rodgers Caldenhead is a writer and Web publisher who has written 10 books on Internet-related topics, including Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 24 Hours and Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft FrontPage 2000 in 24 Hours, but not Sams Teach Yourself to Tell Time in 10 Minutes. He maintains this book's official Web site at http://www.java21pro.com/.
Laura Lemay is a technical writer and author. After spending six years writing software documentation for various computer companies in Silicon Valley, she decided that writing books would be much more fun. In her spare time, she collects computers, email addresses, interesting hair colors, and non-running motorcycles. She is also the perpetrator of Sams Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML in a Week and Sams Teach Yourself Perl in 21 Days.
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