August 13, 2002
New Edition of "Learning Java" Updated for 1.4 Release
Sebastopol, CA--O'Reilly & Associates has just released the second
edition of "Learning Java," a newly expanded and updated edition of the
company's bestselling Learning Java, which, in turn, was an update of
"Exploring Java," one of the first and most popular Java references.
"Our book has grown and matured along with the language," says coauthor
"Learning Java," (US $44.95) provides comprehensive coverage of all
Java 1.4 language features and addresses the important topics--such as
web applications, servlets, and XML--that are increasingly driving
enterprise applications. "Probably the most exciting changes to the 1.4
release of Java that 'Learning Java' covers are regular expressions for
handling text, new productivity features like assertions and logging
APIs, and the standardization of the suite of XML tools bundled with
Java," says Niemeyer.
Java's portability among all major computing platforms and its rigorous
security model account for its steady popularity. "Learning Java" gets
readers up to speed on both the principles of Java programming and the
real-world application of those principles. "My hope is that, through
the examples included in "Learning Java," readers will gain good
programming habits and inspiration for the future," Niemeyer comments.
Niemeyer has been involved with Java since its creation. "Back in the
mid-90's I was invited to the weekly 'beer bust' with the original
Java developers in San Francisco," he recounts. "I was given a tour of
the facilities by Arthur Van Hoff and Jim Graham. I got to see some of
the preliminary 'Duke' character artwork and even peek at the original
'Star 7' portable network device that ran Oak [Java's predecessor]."
In addition to his work as author of "Learning Java," Niemeyer has
developed a simple Java scripting language, called BeanShell. He has
been integrated BeanShell into the book as a teaching tool.
The CD-ROM that accompanies "Learning Java" includes BeanShell, many
example programs from the book, the complete J2SE SDK 1.4, the NetBeans
IDE, the Jakarta Project's Ant make utility, and the Tomcat application
What the critics said about the earlier editions of "Learning Java":
2001 Java Pro Third Annual Reader's Choice Awards "Best Java Book for
"It's simply good quality, comprehensive material. The authors
obviously love their topic and show real expertise in using the tools
and the language itself...the constant stream of sample applications
makes this book an excellent reference guide. Recommended."
--Caryn Mladen, Canada Computes
"The book is written in clear language that strikes a good balance; it
does not overwhelm readers with technical terminology, but at the same
time avoids talking down to its audience."
--Major Kearny, PC Update
"An elegant book, dealing with an elegant subject...this is by no means
a dull, dry book, but one that seeks to help you and encourage you. I
certainly recommend it to anyone who is willing to invest the time and
effort in learning Java."
--Nelson Bigelow, Jr., Kennebec Valley Computer Society
"Provides a solid grounding for beginners."
"Niemeyer and Peck have written one of the most thorough and systematic
introductions to Java...excellent and thorough coverage of Java and
serves as a complete reference to developing original
--Richard Hooker, Journal of Academic Librarianship
Learning Java, 2nd Edition
By Pat Niemeyer, Jonathan Knudsen
0-596-00285-8, Order Number: 2858
700 pages, $44.95 US $69.95 CA
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