This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
<pre> Author/s : Bruce Simpson, John D. Mitchell, Brian Christeson, A. Rehan Zaide, Jonathan Levine Publisher : Manning Publishers. Category :Beginning Java Review by : Cindy Glass Rating : 8 horseshoes</pre> Amazing. This book was published in 1996, and I read it on a lark, intending to get some fun out of the last chapter on 'The future of Java'. Instead what I found was that the presentation was excellent and still entirely relavent. Of course the discussion is kept to basic java concepts and applets - J2EE was not really invented at the time, but what was presented is STILL an excellent summary for folks that want to understand what java is all about without the need to dip into the super-technical details of the language. The book is about 150 pages and covers the basic concepts of the internet, Object Oriented languages, portability, applets, the Java Virtual Machine, developer productivity, security, copyright issues, the big-time players in the Java field and finally a look into the possible future of Java. You can bet that I am going to share this book with a few of my managers who seem to get cross-eyed whenever the word Java is mentioned. Yes, there are some who have been SO encased in the mainframe world that they still do not understand what the fuss is all about. I believe it will help them come up to speed enough that they can understand some of the issues and thinking behind decisions. More info at Amazon.com http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0132632942/javaranch rel="nofollow"> More info at Amazon.co.uk