I learned Java 2 from one of the earlier editions of Core Java and have used it as a reference ever since. Since then, I've also bought Core Java Volume 2 to study more advance topics. I feel quite confident in my Java skills and am working towards taking the SCJPtest. Is the new edition of Core Java Volume 2 a good tutorial for the new additions to the language for someone who is already familiar with Java 1.4? Unfortunately, I'm busy with school, most importantly a project that uses Java 1.4, so I have been unable to upgrade quite yet. I am going to set aside some time over my holiday break to learn and use Java 5. I'd love some suggestions on a good text to help.
If you don't mind re-reading some of the material that you already know, then yes, the 7th edition of Core Java would be a great choice to get you up to speed with Java 5.0.
On the other hand, if you just want to know what's new, and you don't need a reference for the future, there are plenty of articles on the web that walk you through the new features.
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I've already started reading a few things on the web, mostly when links have been given in previous Tiger conversations here. However, I tend to like printed material for reference. Hopefully I'll just win a copy so I don't have to buy it ;-)