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.
This book targets programmers that want to add Java to their repitoire. It spends very little time covering the language syntax, operators, data types, and so on. It jumps right in and covers subjects ranging from creating Zip files to UDP sockets. Some subjects are treated very superficially, such as RMI and JavaBeans. Some notables that are not covered at all include JNI and JDBC. AWT, Threads, Sockets, I/O and many other subjects are covered in-depth. What this book lacks in tables and diagrams it makes up for in code snippets and examples. There are no exercises, though, which is a letdown. Overall, it is well-written and easily understandable by anyone with prior programming experience. (Bodie Minster - Bartender, Feb 2001)