Yes, there are advantages. Even though (I think) the Cattle Drive uses Java 1.4.2 compatibility, Java was updated greatly when Java5 was introduced in September 2004, so I would regard older books as very outdated.
Other people may have other opinions, however.
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Thanks for your reply. My question really refers to using the book to complete the assignments in the Cattle Drive, after I have paid my $200 that is.
I know the Java 2 book is outdated but I assumed, maybe wrongly, that the assignment questions were created for this older version of Java using the Java 2 Book as a companion guide?
I believe the reference pages currently point to the newer version of the Just Java 2 book. However, the assignments are independent of the book. You can use either the newer or the older version and get the same basic information you need to complete the assignments. You can also use other books.
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