This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP 8 forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide and have Edward Finegan & Robert Liguori on-line! See this thread for details.
i am constantly being referred to get x package or y api... all i can find at the sun website is information on the classes, interfaces, and exceptions associated with that package/api. Thus, i have two questions, things wot need clearin' up... 1. Where does one download packages/APIs 2. What is the difference (if there is one) between APIs and packages?
API or package is general serve a specific need. For example, if you need to connect to a database using JDBC. While Sun generic package is good enough, sometime you preferred the one make by the vendor. So you need to download JDBC library from that vendor. There is not magic source where you can get all the API, your best bet is search on google.