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The Java Virtual Machine Specification

Angela Poynton
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Joined: Mar 02, 2000
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You don't need the intimate details of the Virtual Machine to be able to
program in Java. This book is designed for those who write compilers and
VMs. But it can really help you understand exactly how Java -- the language
-- is implemented. Besides, think how smart you'll sound when you walk
around saying cool opcodes like "baload, bipush, i2f". This new second
edition is updated for Java2 and also cleans up inconsistencies between
the first version and the language itself.(cowgirl May 1999)

More info at
More info at
More info at

Pounding at a thick stone wall won't move it, sometimes, you need to step back to see the way around.
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