Utterly invaluable reference though NOT for beginners,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Java in a Nutshell. 3rd Edition. A Desktop Quick Reference. Covers Java 1.2, 1.3 (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly)) (Taschenbuch)Imagine going to the awesome javasoft website and compressing it into 500-odd pages. This is Java in a Nutshell.
As a programmer who needs classes and methods at my fingertips, I don't want to be forever logged into the Sun site to get hold of code. For me using VJava, DB2, Lotus Notes etc, to keep Netscape open permanently slows me down. I want to see code in concise paper form for perusing and for adding post-it notes to useful pages.
This book is a good physical size, about the size of a good novel, and thus is refreshingly concise. You genuinely can put it on your desk without it becoming a 'conversation piece'. It doesn't come with code cheats. For that I use and recommend 'The Complete Reference' which is the size of a squashed brick.
Four stars because IMHO, this reference could do without a 'What is Java' introduction (even though it's a small part of the book) - it's better done in any textbook.
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