Core Java 2, Volume II: Advanced Features (5th Edition)

Core Java 2, Volume II: Advanced Features (5th Edition)

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  • Release Date: 10 December, 2001
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Authors: Cay Horstmann, Gary Cornell

The fifth edition of Core Java 2: Volume II--Advanced Features brings a classic Java text up to date for developers tackling JDK 1.3 and 1.4, with a fast-moving and example-based tutorial. Perfect for those who want to learn programming through small, complete demos, this new version is still an excellent choice for mastering the more advanced topics in Java.

The salient feature of this tutorial is that authors provide small, complete programs that demonstrate each area of functionality in "core" Java along with reference material on essential APIs. Beginning with using multiple threading (and synchronization, which allow threads to communicate), the authors provide an engaging tour of advanced Java. The focus here is on client-side Java based on the Java 2 Standard Edition (J2SE), both versions 1.3 and 1.4, including APIs for building applets and applications with Swing and JavaBeans. As in the previous edition, sections on the Java collections do little to simplify the complexity here. Coverage of JDBC is very good, though, with a fine mix of examples showing off basic SQL and queries, plus transactions and newer JDBC features. Later on, this text turns to Swing, including how to extend three powerful Swing controls (lists, trees, and tables), plus improved J2SE 1.4 support for progress controls, plus drag-and-drop and clipboard support.

Besides providing source code and APIs, this book is filled with tips and gotchas to avoid. A robust section on security covers the entire spectrum of security issues in Java, including signing JAR files (along with good practical details). Though it's probably rare enough today, the authors go into good detail about creating custom JavaBean components. Examples make use of Sun Forte Community Edition, a capable Java tool (bundled on the accompanying CD-ROM).

Standout later chapters include an excellent tour of Java's strong support for internationalization (illustrated with a "retirement saving calculator" in English, German, and Chinese). A final section on XML introduces this powerful new standard, plus some essential Java APIs for getting starting with parsing and transforming XML. Chock-full of examples and useful advice, the latest edition of Core Java 2--Volume II is a worthy update to an already successful Java tutorial. --Richard Dragan

Topics covered: Programming with multiple threads (states and priorities, daemon threads); thread synchronization; avoiding deadlocks; using threads with Swing (dos and don'ts); introduction to collections (including lists, sets, trees, and maps); the collections framework; algorithms (sorting and searching); legacy collections; Java network programming (sending e-mail, using sockets and URLs, basic Web programming); JDBC and databases (quick SQL tutorial, connecting and querying data, metadata, and transactions); new JDBC 3.0 features; remote method invocation (RMI); Java and CORBA; advanced Swing tutorial (JList, JTree, and JTable, including custom rendering options); advanced AWT and Java 2-D graphics (including image manipulation and graphics filters); clipboard and drag-and-drop support; JavaBeans (properties and events, property editors and customizers); Java security (class loaders and bytecode verification, digital signatures, signing JAR files, encryption); internationalization (including date and time and multiple character sets); the Java Native Interface (JNI); Java and C interoperability; and a quick tutorial to XML (SAX and XSL in Java).

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Customer Rating: 3.83 of 5 (30 total reviews)

  • 5 starsExcellent Survey of Advanced Java Topics

    I am now using this book for the second semester in an Advanced Java course I teach at the local community college. The purpose of this book is not an in-depth discussion of each topic, but rather a look at the essential features of many advanced features in Java. I like the authors' stlye of starting with the simplest possible program that illustrates some concept. For example, in the RMI chapter a simple console application is used to present a complete RMI client-server application. A similar application is then written using CORBA. The database chapter is similar. Simple programs illustrate basic concepts.

    So the book is not intended for say the JDBC specialist or the CORBA specialist who needs to understand every facet of the technology. Instead this book is for those who need to know the major features of the advanced Java technologies. The book is not for Java beginners. This volume assumes you know the Java language, with knowledge equivalent to having passed the Sun Certified Java Programmer exam. Those who have difficulty with the text and with the examples may be blaming the authors when the fault actually rests with the reader.

    I have found the examples to work although the configuration of your system must be precise. All in all a 5 star book. I'm looking forward to the 5th edition, since I admit the binding on my book is broken and pages are falling out - a tribute to the fact that I refer to this book daily.

  • 5 starsOnly if you don't own a previous edition

    This book is great for it's intended purpose, but some seem to have confused what that purpose is. Some feel that because the subtitle is "Advanced Features", this book would unravel the mysteries of the most advanced features of Java 2. Not so! You have to understand that this is nothing but a volume 2 of the Core Java 2 duo! The volume 1 has the fundamentals and this volume 2 goes to MORE advanced topics, compared to the first volume. This talks about JDBC, Corba, Swing, etc, but not very deeply, just advanced for those who have just finished volume 1.

    I think the two books are the best option if you don't already have other similar books. If you have the previous 1.1 edition, or other very similar books like Just Java or Thinking in Java, then you'd probably get very little for your money from this one.

    After finishing both Core Java 2 vols 1 & 2 you have a very good basic knowledge of using Java 2 for different purposes and then you can buy a more indepth book on some aspect that you especially need (JDBC, Beans...).

    A Very good book when combined with volume 1.

  • 5 starsExcellent

    This a great overview of several of the advanced features of Java. Although it does not go into tremendous depth on any one topic, it provides you with enough information to write some real and useful programs. Overall a great introduction to multithreading, networking, JDBC, and advanced Swing/AWT. Highly recommended. Useful as a desktop reference and a platform to get started working with advanced Java features.