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Ivor Horton's Beginning Java™ 2, JDK™ 5th Edition by Ivor Horton

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Acknowledgments

While a book is usually attributed to the author, a book—particularly a large book such as this—is always the result of the efforts of a sizeable team of people. I'd therefore like to thank all the editorial and production staff at Wiley who worked so hard to produce this fifth edition of my Java tutorial from my initial draft.

I'd especially like to thank Calvin Austin of Sun Microsystems for his extensive technical input. He somehow found the time to go through the complete text and try out all the examples—twice—in spite of the considerable demands of his day job. Calvin's suggestions for improvements were invaluable, as was his ability to spot my mistakes, and I'm particularly grateful for his indications of where I'd missed some of the inevitable changes arising from the evolution of the J2SE 5.0 API during the beta phases. Any errors that remain are, of course, my own, but there are surely fewer of them as a consequence of Calvin's efforts.

I'd also like to thank readers of past editions of Ivor Horton's Beginning Java for their numerous suggestions for corrections and improvements. In addition to the many changes that I made in response to these, I also updated and reintroduced the chapters on using JDBC that were omitted from the previous edition, in response to requests from a number of readers. The greatly increased page count of this edition over the previous edition is only in part a consequence of restoring the JDBC tutorial. The bulk of the additional ...

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