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Saheed Adepoju
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Hi all
Mr Monkhouse i was just wondering if u could give us a little insight into your yet to be published book! I purchased Max's book and it was of great help i am sure yours would be no different(considering the fact i would want to use J2SE 5.0)! I was just wondering if u could give us all(just a suggestion) a table of contents and just general stuff concerning the book! Maybe the name of the sample application being developed and how some of Max's concepts have changed in your book! Basically i would want to buy the book, i just think it would be more interesting if i got some first hand information from the author himself concerning his own book! I hold u in high respect sir and i am sure i speak for us all SCJD aspirants! It's good you are on our side! Have a lovely day!Thanks!


Saheed Adepoju<br />SCJP 1.4<br />SCJD (B&S..In progress)
Andrew Monkhouse
author and jackaroo
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Hi Saheed,

Over half of the book is still in pre-production, so I cannot provide an exact table of contents. What I have provided below (apart from being very long ) is subject to change.

We considered writing a new assignment for this book (and we developed instructions for two such assignments (a "book store" application, and a "conference booking" reservations system). However we decided that, for the benefit of readers who have the first edition, we would continue to use the Denny's DVD system, rewritten to more closely align with the instructions of the current assignment.

So - it is still Denny's DVDs, but it now starts from scratch (rather than having a pre-built DOS client), and it deals with a single data file (rather than the multiple serialized DVD records of the first version).

The book follows a very similar format to the first edition, however we have :
  • added information relevant to the newer assignments,
  • added information relevant to JDK 5,
  • highlighted changes from JDK 1.4 to JDK 5,
  • removed information no longer relevant to the current assignments,
  • and made many changes based on input from readers.

  • The book highlights how JDK 5 can be used within your assignment to provide a more polished submission. To give you an example, we show how the classes of the new concurrent package will provide greater concurrency for the current assignments, and we also discuss the cases where using the new concurrent packages are possibly not such a good idea.

    This post is already reaching the length where many readers would be tuning out (hey, it is my baby, I am allowed to wax lyrical about it ), so I will stop there. But feel free to ask more questions.

    Regards, Andrew


    The Sun Certified Java Developer Exam with J2SE 5: paper version from Amazon, PDF from Apress, Online reference: Books 24x7 Personal blog
    Saheed Adepoju
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    Joined: Jun 23, 2004
    Posts: 267
    Mr Monkhouse, thanks a million! I definately will obtain a copy of the book when it comes out! Pls just keep us posted! Take care!
    Shiu-Wah Chu
    Greenhorn

    Joined: Aug 30, 2004
    Posts: 9
    Mr Monkhouse, after reading your description of your yet to be published book, I think it will be a very good book on the SCJD. Can you tell us when will your book be published? (An approximate date will do.)


    Shiu-Wah Chu<br />SCJP 1.4
    Andrew Monkhouse
    author and jackaroo
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    Thanks for the kind words.

    Amazon are already taking orders for it (and if you buy through that link, JavaRanch gets a small referrers fee, which helps keep this site going ).

    The Amazon site lists our release date as August 29, 2005, which was our original planned date. However we believe that we are more likely to release the book around two weeks later.

    Regards, Andrew
    [ August 01, 2005: Message edited by: Andrew Monkhouse ]
    Shiu-Wah Chu
    Greenhorn

    Joined: Aug 30, 2004
    Posts: 9
    Thanks, Mr Monkhouse. Unfortunately your link leads to Amazon.com, and I live in the UK. The price (including international shipping) is around the same as Amazon.co.uk (with free shipping for me), but there is a big difference in the delivery times. (9-36 business days instead of 3-5 business days.)

    I'm definitely going to buy this book, most likely from Amazon.co.uk. Please let me know if there is a similar link for Amazon.co.uk.

    I don't want to wait too long for a good book!
    John Martin
    Greenhorn

    Joined: Aug 09, 2005
    Posts: 8
    We can safely use 1.4.2, correct?

    The requirements said any release no more than 18 months old. So this would mean that sdk 1.4.2 is valid thru next summer.


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    John Martin
    Greenhorn

    Joined: Aug 09, 2005
    Posts: 8
    Andrew, the book looks fantastic! Congrats! I will order it and move to 1.5.x.
    Andrew Monkhouse
    author and jackaroo
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    Joined: Mar 28, 2003
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    Hi Dale,
    Originally posted by Dale Steele:
    We can safely use 1.4.2, correct?

    The requirements said any release no more than 18 months old. So this would mean that sdk 1.4.2 is valid thru next summer.


    Correct, you can still use 1.4.2 until 18 moths after J2SE 5 was released. So you can use it until March 29 2006 based on the release dates.
    Originally posted by Dale Steele:
    Andrew, the book looks fantastic! Congrats! I will order it and move to 1.5.x.
    Thanks, and good luck with the assignment.

    Regards, Andrew
     
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