Thanks very much for the request, and thank YOU Jan for providing a link to the Prentice Website! Here's another copy of my table of contents for the saloon.
Over the years, I've found that most Java developers get little practical grounding in how to deal with errors in code - just as you mentioned, Jeff. It's unfortunate, since common problems (and bad habits) tend to surface on a regular basis in most software projects. These problems ultimately undermine the stability of the software we work so hard to create! It's my hope that "Robust Java" helps to identify many of these problems, and provide some useful recommendations for how to reach reasonable solutions
I wrote the book in three parts, which target broad themes in software development. The first section covers what I tend to think of as "core programming skills" - stuff that any Java developer can use to write more solid code and handle exceptions effectively. The second covers what I broadly categorize as "design issues and considerations"; it talks about exception handling in application development, as well as the exception models for some key Java APIs. The last section moves into more global topics... architecture, patterns, testing and debugging.
Hope you find this useful, Steve Stelting
=========================================================================== Part 1 Fundamentals of Exceptions and Exception Handling Chapter 1 Introducing Exceptions Concept of Exceptions The Exception Class Hierarchy Handle or Declare Options for Exceptions Checked and Unchecked Exceptions The API for Exceptions Chapter 2 Exception Handling Techniques and Practices When to Handle and When to Declare Standard Exception Handling Options Do's and Dont's for Exception Handling Chapter 3 Advanced Exception Handling Concepts Custom Exceptions Chaining Exceptions Exception Localization and Internationalization Subclassing Exception Declaration for Interfaces and Abstract Classes Exception Stack Traces Low-Level Exception Handling Chapter 4 Exceptions and Threading Exceptions in Multithreaded Systems Exceptions in Synchronized Code Blocks Exception Risks Due to Threaded Activity Exceptions for Thread-based Communication Deadlock ThreadDeath Chapter 5 Logging and Assertions When Should You Use the Logging API? Overview of the Logging API Detailed API Use Standard Logging Configurations Assertions
Part 2 Exception Handling and Design Chapter 6 Exception Handling and Design Principles of Effective OO Design Integrating Exceptions into OOD Design for Maintainability - Benefits and Drawbacks Failure Mode Analysis Chapter 7 Exceptions in the Java Core Language Primitive Data Types The Object Class and Objects in Java Arrays Interfaces in the java.lang Package String and StringBuffer BigDecimal and BigInteger The Wrapper Classes Chapter 8 Collections and I/O The Collections Framework The I/O API The New I/O API Chapter 9 Distributed Java APIs Distributed Communication Fundamentals RMI - Remote Method Invocation API JNDI - The Java Naming and Directory Interface JDBC - The Java Database Connectivity API Chapter 10 J2EE The J2EE Application Model Client Tier Web Tier EJB Tier Transactions in J2EE and EJBs J2EE Exception Handling - Global Considerations Factors to Consider for J2EE Exception Handling
Part 3 Effective Use of Exceptions, Errors and Handling Chapter 11 Architecture, Design and the Exception Model Why Should Architects Care About Exceptions and Errors? Architecture, Design and Development Key Architectural Decisions for the Exception Model Chapter 12 Patterns Architectural Patterns Design Patterns Creational Patterns Structural Patterns Behavioral Patterns J2EE Patterns Integration Tier Presentation Tier Business Tier Chapter 13 Testing What's the Purpose of Testing? Why is it so Important? Common Misconceptions about Testing Types of Testing: Thinking Outside (and Inside) the Box If It Were Easy, We'd All Be Doing It: What Makes Testing Hard in Java? Testing Practices Tactics & Technologies: How Do You Manage and Run Tests? When is Testing "Done"? Chapter 14 Debugging Demystifying Debugging: "It's Not a Bug, It's a..." Debugging Principles, Debugging Practices Debugging Strategies Debugging Observables and Methods Special Challenges for Debugging
Appendix A Profiling Test Results for Handle-Declare Appendix B A Short, Friendly Tutorial for jUnit Appendix C MyBuggyServlet - Validation Issues with a Component