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The Java® Language Specification, Java SE 7 Edition, Fourth Edition by Alex Buckley, Gilad Bracha, Guy Steele, Bill Joy, James Gosling

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Preface to the Third Edition

The Java SE 5.0 platform represents the largest set of changes in the history of the Java programming language. Generics, annotations, autoboxing and unboxing, enum types, foreach loops, variable arity methods, and static imports are all new to the language as of Autumn 2004.

This Third Edition of The Java Language Specification reflects these developments. It integrates all the changes made to the Java programming language since the publication of the Second Edition in 2000, including asserts from J2SE 1.4.

The Java programming language has grown a great deal in these past four years. Unfortunately, it is unrealistic to shrink a commercially successful programming language - only to grow it more and more. The challenge ...

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