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Java™ Developers Almanac 1.4, Volume 1, The: Examples and Quick Reference, 4th Edition


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  • Copyright 2002
  • Dimensions: 7-3/8" x 9-1/4"
  • Pages: 1024
  • Edition: 4th
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-201-75280-8
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-201-75280-9

The Ultimate Java Technology Quick Reference

"I love this book. Its dense condensation of the details a developer needs makes it the one book I pull out over and over again."
--James Gosling, Fellow and Vice President, Sun Microsystems, Inc., and inventor of the Java™ programming language
"This reminds me of the catalogs of integrated circuits that we use to build hardware systems, and shows how far and fast Java™ technology has come in having a library of incredibly useful software components. An indispensable desk reference!"
--Bill Joy, cofounder, Sun Microsystems, Inc. Quoted from his keynote at JavaOne
"I think this book is, quite simply, a stroke of genius. I've been lamenting the stack of books on Java™ technology I've had to pore over when all I needed was a detail about some method or package. The Almanac is the one-stop shop I was unconsciously waiting for."
--John Vlissides, IBM TJ Watson, and coauthor of the best-selling book, Design Patterns

The Java™ Developers Almanac 1.4 is the most up-to-date and complete quick reference for the Java Class Libraries--JDK™ 1.0, 1.1, and J2SE™ v1.2, v1.3, v1.4. Information for 3,000 classes and 32,000 members is carefully formatted and arranged for easy lookup. In these two volumes you will find:

  • 900 examples demonstrating the use of over 1000 classes and 4000 members.
  • Complete member listings of every class (including inherited members!), with references to examples that demonstrate usage
  • Class inheritance hierarchies for every package
  • An extensive cross-reference section
  • Detailed analysis of API changes for each major release
  • Volume 1 covers java.beans to org.xml, 91 packages useful for server-side development.

    Volume 2 covers java.applet to javax.swing, 45 packages useful for developing GUI applications.

    No matter what level programmer you are, you will find this book an invaluable tool for everyday development.



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    Table of Contents


    Part 1. Packages.

    Part 2. Classes.

    Part 3. Topics.

    Part 4. Cross-Reference. 0201752808T02282002


    Welcome to the fourth edition of The Java™ Developers Almanac.

    There was a time when I intimately knew all of the Java class libraries. I knew how it allworked and exactly how everything fit together. I knew what subclassed what, what overrodewhat, and so on (of course, it helped that I was one of the original developers:-). But aside from the occasional inability to remember which argument of Vector.insertElementAt() is the index, I rarely had to refer to any reference documentation.

    Version 1.1 added 250 classes and my mastery of the Java class libraries was reduced tohalf. This left me feeling a little disoriented since I no longer knew my way around, and theincreased size of the libraries exceeded my ability to recall the details of the signatures.

    Since I make my living writing Java code, it was important that I find an efficient way of"navigating" the new libraries. What I wanted was a quick overview of all of the libraries;something that covered every class and briefly showed their relationships; something thatwould allow me to explore and quickly learn about new packages. This need led to this book.

    The Java™ Developers Almanac is like a map of the Java class libraries. It's a compactand portable tool that covers almost all of the libraries, if only from a bird's-eye view. It'sgreat for reminding you of things like method names and parameters. With today's class countat 3000, you're bound to forget a few details now and again. The almanac is great for discoveringthe relationships between the classes, such as determining all methods that return animage. It's also great for quickly exploring a new package.

    While this book is comprehensive, the libraries are so vast that there simply isn't enoughroom to provide equally comprehensive documentation. So if you're working with a packagethat is new to you, you'll probably also need a tutorial book such as The Java Tutorial, SecondEdition (Campione and Walrath, Addison-Wesley, 1998), a detailed reference such as The JavaClass Libraries, Volumes 1 and 2 (Chan, Lee, and Kramer, Addison-Wesley, 1998), and/or theon-line documentation at http://java.sun.com/docs.

    The book is divided into four parts, briefly described next.

    Part 1: Packages

    This part covers each package in alphabetical order: a brief description of the package, a descriptionof each class and interface in the package, and a hierarchy diagram showing the relationshipbetween the classes and interfaces in the package. This part is useful when you need an overviewof a package or want to see what other related classes are available in a package.

    Most packages provide a number of examples demonstrating common usage of classes inthe package. The examples are designed to demonstrate a particular task using the smallestamount of code possible. Their main purpose is to show you which classes are involved in thedescribed task and generally how they interact with each other.

    Part 2: Classes

    This part contains 500 pages of class tables, one for each class in all the covered packages. Eachclass table includes a class tree that shows the ancestry of the class and a list of every member inthe class. Also included in the member lists are inherited members from superclasses. Thus youhave a complete view of all members made available by a class. This part is useful when you'realready working with a particular class and want a quick reference to all of the members in theclass. New for this edition are example numbers on some of the members. This number refers toan example that demonstrates the use of the member (or a related member).

    Part 3: Topics

    This part is a set of quick-reference tables on miscellaneous topics. For example, the topic title"Java 1.4" contains a detailed analysis of the API differences between Java 1.3 and Java 1.4.

    Part 4: Cross-Reference

    This part is a cross-reference of all of the Java classes and interfaces covered in this book. Thispart is useful when you have questions such as What methods return an Image object? or Whatare all the descendents of java.io.InputStream?


    As the title suggests, this book is intended to be updated whenever a new major version of theJava class libraries is released. Since it is designed for you to use in your everyday programming-related work, I would love to hear how I could improve it for the next version or simplywhat you thought about it. Although I'm afraid I probably won't be able to reply, I promise toread and consider each suggestion I receive. You can reach me at the following e-mail address:




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