Core Java, Volume II--Advanced Features, 8th Edition
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Cay S. Horstmann is also coauthor of Core JavaServer Faces, Second Edition (Prentice Hall, 2007). Cay is a professor of computer science at San Jose State University, a Java Champion, and a frequent speaker at computer industry conferences.
Gary Cornell has been writing and teaching programming professionals for more than twenty years and is the cofounder of Apress. He has written numerous best-selling books for programming professionals, was a cofinalist for a Jolt Award, and won the Readers' Choice award from Visual Basic Magazine.
The revised edition of the classic Core Java™, Volume II–Advanced Features, covers advanced user-interface programming and the enterprise features of the Java SE 6 platform. Like Volume I (which covers the core language and library features), this volume has been updated for Java SE 6 and new coverage is highlighted throughout. All sample programs have been carefully crafted to illustrate the latest programming techniques, displaying best-practices solutions to the types of real-world problems professional developers encounter.
Volume II includes new sections on the StAX API, JDBC 4, compiler API, scripting framework, splash screen and tray APIs, and many other Java SE 6 enhancements. In this book, the authors focus on the more advanced features of the Java language, including complete coverage of
- Streams and Files
- Database programming
- JNDI and LDAP
- Advanced GUI components
- Java 2D and advanced AWT
- RMI and Web services
- Native methods
For thorough coverage of Java fundamentals–including interfaces and inner classes, GUI programming with Swing, exception handling, generics, collections, and concurrency–look for the eighth edition of Core Java™, Volume I–Fundamentals (ISBN: 978-0-13-235476-9).
Visit the author's website at horstmann.com/corejava.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding programming resource, and a massive one.,
This review is from: Core Java, Vol. 2: Advanced Features, 8th Edition (Paperback)In my review of Professional Java JDK 6 Edition, I said I didn't think one book could cover such a wide variety of topics and expect to do a good job overall. This volume is, I think, an exception that proves the rule.
It is indeed a monster book, easily several months of steady work to get through, and an useful reference afterwards as well. It is well put together, clearly written, methodically presented. I wouldn't put it down if that were possible. The coverage is broad and the examples are interesting. The topics also feel complete, not because they are thorough, but because they leave off right where intermediate-level programmers could work out most details on their own.
I read the first and second editions years ago, and I must say this title has become a case study in steady, disciplined, tireless improvement... Read more
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Clear but brief overview of advanced features of J2SE 1.5,
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This review is from: Core Java(TM) 2, Volume II--Advanced Features (7th Edition) (Paperback)This book does not substitute for all of the specialized books on the subjects that it covers, and it is by no means encyclopedic in scope. However, even in its 7th edition it is still the best and the clearest overview of advanced features of the language for Java 1.5. What is particularly nice is that the author has split his Core Java series up such that if your goal is just to learn the language you need only buy volume one, and if your goal is to get a handle on the changes in the advanced features of the language you need only buy volume 2. They are pretty much independent of one another. Add to that the fact that both of these volumes can be found used for about $20 each, and it is definitely worth the purchase. The writing style is very clear with much sample code. The author even gives a little bit of background showing how each feature of the language has changed over the years. I notice that Amazon only shows the table of contents for the previous edition, so I show the... Read more
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Walkthroughs of the core APIs,
This review is from: Core Java(TM) 2, Volume II--Advanced Features (7th Edition) (Paperback)This is a nice set of walkthroughs on the basic APIs that are just outside of the core Java language presented in the first book. These include threading, Swing, AWT, JDBC, Networking, JavaBeans and JNI. Some of the coverage is more in-depth than in other parts. In particular Swing and AWT are covered richly, while networking and JNI get shorter shrift.
Given that Swing and AWT are not at the core of modern Java development I would have liked to have seen more of this tome sized book spent on threading, JDBC and networking. And it would have been nice to see some serious coverage of EJB. That being said, what is there is well written, has good example code, and effective illustrations.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Streams and Files 1
Text Input and Output 11
Reading and Writing Binary Data 23
ZIP Archives 32
Object Streams and Serialization 39
File Management 59
New I/O 65
Regular Expressions 75
Chapter 2: XML 87
Introducing XML 88
Parsing an XML Document 93
Validating XML Documents 105
Locating Information with XPath 129
Using Namespaces 136
Streaming Parsers 138
Generating XML Documents 146
XSL Transformations 157
Chapter 3: Networking 169
Connecting to a Server 170
Implementing Servers 177
Interruptible Sockets 184
Sending E-Mail 191
Making URL Connections 196
Chapter 4: Database Programming 217
The Design of JDBC 218
The Structured Query Language 222
JDBC Configuration 227
Executing SQL Statements 232
Query Execution 242
Scrollable and Updatable Result Sets 254
Row Sets 260
Connection Management in Web and Enterprise Applications 278
Introduction to LDAP 279
Chapter 5: Internationalization 297
Number Formats 303
Date and Time 310
Message Formatting 324
Text Files and Character Sets 328
Resource Bundles 329
A Complete Example 333
Chapter 6: Advanced Swing 351
Text Components 442
Progress Indicators 479
Component Organizers 492
Chapter 7: Advanced AWT 521
The Rendering Pipeline 522
Coordinate Transformations 552
Transparency and Composition 559
Rendering Hints 568
Readers and Writers for Images 575
Image Manipulation 585
The Clipboard 635
Drag and Drop 652
Platform Integration 668
Chapter 8: Javabeans Components 685
Why Beans? 686
The Bean-Writing Process 688
Using Beans to Build an Application 690
Naming Patterns for Bean Properties and Events 698
Bean Property Types 701
BeanInfo Classes 710
Property Editors 713
JavaBeans Persistence 732
Chapter 9: Security 755
Class Loaders 756
Bytecode Verification 767
Security Managers and Permissions 771
User Authentication 790
Digital Signatures 805
Code Signing 822
Chapter 10: Distributed Objects 841
The Roles of Client and Server 842
Remote Method Calls 845
The RMI Programming Model 846
Parameters and Return Values in Remote Methods 856
Remote Object Activation 865
Web Services and JAX-WS 871
Chapter 11: Scripting, Compiling, and Annotation Processing 883
Scripting for the Java Platform 884
The Compiler API 895
Using Annotations 905
Annotation Syntax 911
Standard Annotations 915
Source-Level Annotation Processing 919
Bytecode Engineering 926
Chapter 12: Native Methods 935
Calling a C Function from a Java Program 936
Numeric Parameters and Return Values 942
String Parameters 944
Accessing Fields 950
Encoding Signatures 954
Calling Java Methods 956
Accessing Array Elements 962
Handling Errors 966
Using the Invocation API 970
A Complete Example: Accessing the Windows Registry 975
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