Given that the book's second edition came out sometime in 2008 and its 2015 now. I had recently finished the Head First Java book and liked the approach it took, hence picked up this book. I am into web application security and up until now was using PHP as my language of choice. I am now interested in knowing how Java technologies are used to build a website/web-app. But now I am having second thoughts about it. Would it be better to invest time in a more recent book instead of this one? Note - My main goal with the book would not be the certification. I just need a book to give me a decent foundation on Java and web applications. Please advise.
In my opinion, it's still a good book for learning the concepts. It's outdated for the certification. We're anxiously awaiting a new version but Bert has been mum on the subject, only saying that it will be announced here, if and when a new version is in the works.
"The good news about computers is that they do what you tell them to do. The bad news is that they do what you tell them to do." -- Ted Nelson