Java in a nutshell: a desktop quick reference

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O'Reilly, Dec 8, 1999 - Computers - 648 pages
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This bestselling quick reference contains an accelerated introduction to the Java language and its key APIs, so seasoned programmers can start writing Java code right away. The third edition of "Java in a Nutshell covers Java 1.2 and Java 1.3 beta and includes:

A description of the syntax of the Java language, written in a tight, concise style, that can serve as both a fast-paced tutorial and a language reference.An explanation of the object-oriented features of Java that does not assume any prior object-oriented programming experience.An overview of the essential Java APIs that shows how to perform common tasks, such as string manipulation, input/output, and thread handling, with the classes and interfaces that comprise the Java 2 platform.Documentation for the Java development tools shipped with Sun's Java SDK.

This book also includes O'Reilly's classic-style, quick-reference material for all of the classes in the essential Java packages, including "java.lang, ", "java.beans"java.math, ", ", "java.text, "java.util, and "javax.crypto. This reference material covers all of the new classes in Java 1.2 and 1.3. Once you've learned Java, you'll keep this book next to your keyboard for handy reference while you program.

This book is part of the two-volume set of quick references that every Java programmer needs. It is an essential companion to "Java Foundation Classes in a Nutshell, which covers the graphics and graphical user interface APIs in the Java 2 platform, including Swing, AWT, and Java 2D. A third volume, "Java Enterprise in a Nutshell, focuses on the Java Enterprise APIs and is of interest to programmers working on server-side or enterprise Javaapplications.

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O'reilly's best book for Java 101 and a great reference book to keep. Read full review

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Good reference but I don't use it so much because most of the time it is more convenient to use the Java API reference on the net. Read full review


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David Flanagan is a computer programmer who spends most of his time writing about JavaScript and Java. His books with O'Reilly include JavaScript: The Definitive Guide, JavaScript Pocket Reference, Java in a Nutshell, Java Examples in a Nutshell, and Java Foundation Classes in a Nutshell. David has a degree in computer science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He lives with his wife and children in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. David has a blog at