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Direct from the source--the definitive introduction to Java is back and throughly updated for J2SE 5.0!

° Written by members of the Sun Java software team, this is the most authoratative Java tutorial on the market

° Book is a Sun tradition and largely supported by key figures like James Gosling, Father of the Java Programming Language

° Gentle and easy to understand, book has been completely updated with new material on key J2SE 5.0 features


  • Copyright 2007
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/4"
  • Edition: 4th
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-321-33420-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-321-33420-6

A hands-on guide to the Java programming language, The Java™ Tutorial, Fourth Edition is perfect for any developer looking for a proven path to proficiency with Java SE. This popular tutorial "from the Source" has been completely revised and updated to cover Version 6 of the Java Platform, Standard Edition.

Written by members of the Java Software team at Sun Microsystems, this book uses a tested, interactive approach and features real-world problems that help you learn the Java platform by example.

New to this edition are chapters on generics, collections, Java Web Start, the platform environment, and regular expressions. Key sections, including the Threads, I/O, Object-Oriented Programming Concepts, and Language Basics chapters have been completely rewritten to reflect reader feedback and to cover new features added to the Java SE 6 platform. A new appendix contains information on how to prepare for the Java Programming Language Certification exam.

As with the previous editions, you will find clear explanations of the fundamentals of objects, classes, and data structures, as well as detailed coverage of exceptions, I/O, and threads. All of the popular features that made this book a classic have been retained, including convenient summaries at the end of each section and Questions and Exercises segments to help you practice what you learn.

The accompanying CD-ROM is filled with valuable resources including the latest Java SE software (the JRE, JDK, Java API spec, and the guide documentation), the code samples from this book, and solutions to the questions and exercises.

The Java™ Series is supported, endorsed, and authored by the creators of the Java technology at Sun Microsystems, Inc. It is the official place to go for complete, expert, and definitive information on Java technology. The books in this series provide the inside information you need to build effective, robust, and portable applications and applets. The Series is an indispensable resource for anyone targeting the Java™ platform.

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Table of Contents

Foreword     xix
Preface     xxi

Chapter 1: Getting Started      1

1.1    The Java Technology Phenomenon      1
1.2    The "Hello World!" Application      6
1.3    A Closer Look at the "Hello World!" Application      24
1.4    Common Problems (and Their Solutions)      27
1.5    Questions and Exercises: Getting Started      30

Chapter 2: Object-Oriented Programming Concepts      33

2.1    What Is an Object?      33
2.2    What Is a Class?      35
2.3    What Is Inheritance?      37
2.4    What Is an Interface?      38
2.5    What Is a Package?      39
2.6    Questions and Exercises: Object-Oriented Programming Concepts      40

Chapter 3: Language Basics      43

3.1    Variables      43
3.2    Operators      55
3.3    Expressions, Statements, and Blocks      66
3.4    Control Flow Statements      69

Chapter 4: Classes and Objects      85

4.1    Classes      85
4.2    Objects      97
4.3    More on Classes      106
4.4    Nested Classes      122
4.5    Enum Types      128
4.6    Annotations      132

Chapter 5: Interfaces and Inheritance      139

5.1     Interfaces      139
5.2     Inheritance      147

Chapter 6: Generics      167

6.1    Introduction      167
6.2    Generic Types      169
6.3    Generic Methods and Constructors      172
6.4    Bounded Type Parameters      173
6.5    Subtyping      175
6.6    Wildcards      177
6.7    Type Erasure      178
6.8    Summary of Generics      179
6.9    Questions and Exercises: Generics      180

Chapter 7: Packages      183

7.1    Creating and Using Packages      183

Chapter 8: Numbers and Strings      195

8.1    Numbers      195
8.2    Characters      210
8.3    Strings      212

Chapter 9: Exceptions      233

9.1    What Is an Exception?      233
9.2    The Catch or Specify Requirement      235
9.3    Catching and Handling Exceptions      236
9.4    Specifying the Exceptions Thrown by a Method      245
9.5    How to Throw Exceptions      246
9.6    Unchecked Exceptions—The Controversy      252
9.7    Advantages of Exceptions      253
9.8    Summary      258
9.9    Questions and Exercises: Exceptions      259

Chapter 10: Basic I/O      261

10.1   I/O Streams      261
10.2   File I/O      286
10.3   The New I/O Packages      291
10.4   Summary      292
10.5   Questions and Exercises: Basic I/O      292

Chapter 11: Collections      293

11.1   Introduction to Collections      293
11.2   Interfaces      295
11.3   Implementations      342
11.4   Algorithms      355
11.5   Custom Collection Implementations      360
11.6   Interoperability      364

Chapter 12: Concurrency      369

12.1   Processes and Threads      369
12.2   Thread Objects      371
12.3   Synchronization      377
12.4   Liveness      384
12.5   Guarded Blocks      386
12.6   Immutable Objects      391
12.7   High-Level Concurrency Objects      395
12.8   For Further Reading      402
12.9   Questions and Exercises: Concurrency      403

Chapter 13: Regular Expressions      405

13.1     Introduction      405
13.2     Test Harness      406
13.3     String Literals      407
13.4     Character Classes      409
13.5     Predefined Character Classes      414
13.6     Quantifiers      416
13.7     Capturing Groups      422
13.8     Boundary Matchers      424
13.9     Methods of the Pattern Class      425
13.10   Methods of the Matcher Class      431
13.11   Methods of the PatternSyntaxException Class      437
13.12   Summary      439
13.13   Additional Resources      440
13.14   Questions and Exercises: Regular Expressions      440

Chapter 14: The Platform Environment      443

14.1   Configuration Utilities      443
14.2   System Utilities      452
14.3   PATH and CLASSPATH      457
14.4   Questions and Exercises: The Platform Environment      460

Chapter 15: Swing      463

15.1   A Brief Introduction to the Swing Package      463
15.2   Swing Features      470
15.3   Questions: Graphical User Interfaces      485

Chapter 16: Packaging Programs in JAR Files      487

16.1   Using JAR Files: The Basics      488
16.2   Working with Manifest Files: The Basics      500
16.3   Signing and Verifying JAR Files      507
16.4   Using JAR-Related APIs      514
16.5   Questions: JAR Files      520

Chapter 17: Java Web Start      521

17.1   Running Java Web Start Applications      522
17.2   Deploying Java Web Start Applications      524
17.3   Developing Java Web Start Applications      534
17.4   The JNLP API      536
17.5   Java Web Start and Security      538
17.6   Common Java Web Start Problems      539
17.7   Questions and Exercises: Java Web Start      540

Chapter 18: Applets      543

18.1   Getting Started with Applets      545
18.2   Taking Advantage of the Applet API      559
18.3   Practical Considerations When Writing Applets      578
18.4   Finishing an Applet      593
18.5   Deploying Applets      594
18.6   Solving Common Applet Problems      600
18.7   Questions and Exercises: Java Applets      602

Appendix A: Java Language Keywords      603

Appendix B: Preparation for Java Programming Language Certification      605

B.1   Section 1: Declarations, Initialization and Scoping      606
B.2   Section 2: Flow Control      608
B.3   Section 3: API Contents      609
B.4   Section 4: Concurrency      611
B.5   Section 5: OO Concepts      612
B.6   Section 6: Collections / Generics      613
B.7   Section 7: Fundamentals      614

Index      617


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