Book Reviews: Active Java and Exploring Java
Title: Active Java: Object-Oriented Programming for the World Wide Web
Author: Adam Freeman & Darrel Ince
Title: Exploring Java
Author: Patrick Niemeyer & Joshua Peck
Publisher: O'Reilly & Associates
Reviewer: Danny Yee
Somewhat bemused by the marketing frenzy and in no particular hurry to learn yet another programming language, I have refrained from asking for review copies of any books on Java. Nevertheless, a few turned up on my doorstep anyway, and I found it hard to resist finding out what all the fuss is about.
The first book to arrive, and the only one I read right through, was Active Java. This is an introduction to Java aimed at those having basic programming competence but no experience with an object-oriented language. The book works its way through the elements of the language, explains how to use the awt and net libraries, introduces the Java Development Kit and the basics of writing applets and applications—and then concludes with a chapter on Java internals. The emphasis is on covering important ideas and concepts rather than on providing details. Active Java is easy to follow and clearly laid out, and I recommend it for anyone wanting a broad overview of Java. I think it would also make a good textbook for an undergraduate course, though it lacks exercises and is perhaps not repetitive enough.
As a supplement to Active Java, and a source of more detailed information, I used Exploring Java. This begins with a brief look at internals and security issues and then launches into a basic “Hello Web!” applet. This book contains detailed descriptions of the basic classes and standard libraries and is clearly aimed at experienced programmers who want to learn Java in order to write serious applications.
I have only glanced at the three other books on Java that arrived; Java in a Nutshell (O'Reilly) looks like a reference for the serious Java programmer; On To Java (Addison-Wesley) is a textbook with an unusual layout, using paragraphs numbered sequentially throughout; and Learn Java on the Macintosh (Addison-Wesley) comes with a Mac version of the Java Development Kit on CD-ROM. Anyone looking for a book on Java should search carefully: as even this small sample illustrates, there are books on Java for all sorts of niche markets. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see titles like From Common Lisp To Java For Amiga Users and 101 Implementations of Tetris In Java appearing!
Danny Yee received review copies of the books mentioned from Addison-Wesley and O'Reilly & Associates, but has no stake, financial or otherwise, in their success. He can be reached at email@example.com.
|Happy Birthday Linux||Aug 25, 2016|
|ContainerCon Vendors Offer Flexible Solutions for Managing All Your New Micro-VMs||Aug 24, 2016|
|Updates from LinuxCon and ContainerCon, Toronto, August 2016||Aug 23, 2016|
|NVMe over Fabrics Support Coming to the Linux 4.8 Kernel||Aug 22, 2016|
|What I Wish I’d Known When I Was an Embedded Linux Newbie||Aug 18, 2016|
|Pandas||Aug 17, 2016|
- Download "Linux Management with Red Hat Satellite: Measuring Business Impact and ROI"
- Happy Birthday Linux
- Updates from LinuxCon and ContainerCon, Toronto, August 2016
- ContainerCon Vendors Offer Flexible Solutions for Managing All Your New Micro-VMs
- New Version of GParted
- What I Wish I’d Known When I Was an Embedded Linux Newbie
- Tor 0.2.8.6 Is Released
- NVMe over Fabrics Support Coming to the Linux 4.8 Kernel
- Blender for Visual Effects
- All about printf
With all the industry talk about the benefits of Linux on Power and all the performance advantages offered by its open architecture, you may be considering a move in that direction. If you are thinking about analytics, big data and cloud computing, you would be right to evaluate Power. The idea of using commodity x86 hardware and replacing it every three years is an outdated cost model. It doesn’t consider the total cost of ownership, and it doesn’t consider the advantage of real processing power, high-availability and multithreading like a demon.
This ebook takes a look at some of the practical applications of the Linux on Power platform and ways you might bring all the performance power of this open architecture to bear for your organization. There are no smoke and mirrors here—just hard, cold, empirical evidence provided by independent sources. I also consider some innovative ways Linux on Power will be used in the future.Get the Guide