Java: The Complete Reference, J2SE 5 Edition is a book written for professional programmers (or readers who want to become professional programmers). It presents comprehensive coverage of the entire Java language and its core libraries. It is not a book that I would describe as "fun" in the normal sense (although I personally find programming fun!), but rather it is thorough, detailed, understandable, and practical.
Probably Danny was referring to the phenomenal success of fun-oriented books like HF series. Fun is good to let you grab the book and (may) lure you skim through the first few chapters, it soon begins bothering you. I am not saying that explaining a grave topic in a lighter way using lot of graphics is in bad taste but it certainly doesn't do anything in driving you to a long cosy reading. [ March 17, 2005: Message edited by: Debashish Chakrabarty ]
That's highly personal. I love the style, HF Design patterns is the first book on that subject that isn't gathering dust on my bedroom floor because I fell asleep after the first chapter
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I agree with you guys on some points. As Jeroen said, it is really peronal. I am very busy in my routine work and thus I can hardly sit down and read through all the chapters one by one. Instead, I'd like to jump to the chapter interesting and finish it in one or two hours.
One exception is the HF series. These books are of great fun so I could spend much time on them and refresh my knowledge on Java. It all depends.