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Java Unleashed

Morrison, Michael

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ISBN 10: 1575211971 / ISBN 13: 9781575211978
Published by Sams, 1996
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Title: Java Unleashed

Publisher: Sams

Publication Date: 1996

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 2nd Bk&CD.

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Synopsis:

Intended for the experienced programmer with a professional interest in Java, this revised and expanded edition of the text includes coverage of new Java add-ons and third party development tools. The CD contains the book's entire reference section in HTML format for quick searching and retrieval.

Review:

It's big, it contains a fair amount of extraneous material, and some of its contents are out of date, but many parts of Java Unleashed are clear, informative, and useful to the programmer who wants to add Java to his or her tool kit. If you're willing to do some sifting--and particularly if you have some C or C++ experience--this book will satisfy you.

Starting with the usual "Hello, World" application, the authors explain the fundamentals of the Java language--universal stuff that won't change much as different versions of the language come out. They cover variables, operators, control structures, classes, packages, and the rest of the stuff you need to understand in order to make things happen. Later chapters take on more complicated subjects, like threads, exceptions, applets, and the special considerations involved in programming for a networked environment.

Pleasantly, the authors chose to include a section on JavaScript, a much simpler language that programmers can use to write interfaces for Java applets. Unfortunately, there's no coverage of LiveConnect, which is the scheme by which JavaScript and Java communicate.

Java Unleashed suffers from the usual faults of huge, multiauthor books, including disparities among the authors' writing styles and some short chapters on huge subjects (like VRML). Further, this book centers on Java 1.0, which isn't awful--browsers support Java 1.0 with stability--but it's hardly cutting-edge. A companion CD-ROM boasts Sun's JDK 1.0 and Symantec's Visual Café Lite, as well as some plug-ins and editing tools. --David Wall

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