While I'm ordering Just Java 2, I thought I might also get Java Examples in a Nutshell, but it was written when Java 1.1 was the current version. For learning purposes, will the 1.1 basis make much difference?
Check out my review at www.javaranch.com/books.html - The book has been of no use to me. And I've had it for a year and a half! You want another book to fill your head with Java ideas? Get the Roberts, Heller and Ernest book for certification and start preparing for the exam. That book will not only show you the nuts and bolts of Java, but it will give you the motivation to learn Java. To pass the exam!
I used to find it useful, but I haven't looked at my copy in a year or so. The original version (before it was separated from Java in a Nutshell) taught me a lot, and was my constant companion for a long time. I always find that a good supply of real, working example code is very handy, but it may be that there is more available from other sources now. Now I just tend to carry around Java in a Nutshell and whatever other books are specific to the area I'm looking at at the time.
I've never owned this book myself, but everyone else in my current office does. There is a new edition (3rd) out now that focuses on 1.2/1.3 with an ISBN of 1565924878. Popularity aside, depending on your experience level, there might be better books. [This message has been edited by Rich Wardwell (edited January 25, 2000).]
<B>Rich Wardwell</B><BR> <A HREF="mailto:email@example.com" rel="nofollow">firstname.lastname@example.org</A> <BR>Sun Certified Programmer for the Java 2 Platform
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Thanks, Paul, Frank, and Rich, for your comments. Just Java 2 arrived today, and I'll start a Cattle Drive project soon. I'm still undecided about the rest of my Java library.