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Thinking in Java (4th Edition)

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A book by Bruce Eckel

Perfect for migrating to Java from a fellow object-oriented language (such as C++), the second edition ofThinking in Javacontinues the earlier version's thoughtful approach to learning Java inside and out, while also bringing it up to speed with some … see full wiki

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Author: Bruce Eckel
Genre: Computers & Internet
Publisher: Prentice Hall
1 review about Thinking in Java (4th Edition)

A classic that I will always have on my bookshelf...

  • Jul 13, 2000
[Review of 4th edition]

This book has influenced my Java skills more than any other... Thinking In Java (4th Edition) by Bruce Eckel. It's the first one that actually made object-oriented programming understandable for me.

Contents: Introduction; Introduction to Objects; Everything Is an Object; Operators; Controlling Execution; Initialization & Cleanup; Access Control; Reusing Classes; Polymorphism; Interfaces; Inner Classes; Holding Your Objects; Error Handling with Exceptions; Strings; Type Information; Generics; Arrays; Containers in Depth; I/O; Enumerated Types; Annotations; Concurrency; Graphical User Interfaces; Supplements; Resources; Index

I first got a copy of Thinking In Java back in 2000 when I was trying to wrap my mind around the language and object-oriented concepts. I was fortunate to read it before taking a Java class at the Sun headquarters. The person teaching object-oriented concepts was "less than stellar", but I was able to get my money's worth because I had been prepped with this book. Eckel has the rare ability to explain and structure his content in such a way that you feel like you're getting a personalized lesson. The diagrams and code samples work hand-in-hand to clarify each concept and to build your skill base step-by-step. Once you get done working your way through the 1400+ pages (yes, it's big!), there's not much you won't be able to do or understand in the world of Java.

Thinking In Java is one of two books I recommend to anyone looking to get started in object-oriented Java coding. It will always hold a special place on my bookshelf, and I'll be forever in debt to Bruce Eckel for writing such an outstanding book.

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