Foreword

“Kirk told me I could buy beer at the petrol station,” was the first sentence I heard out of Ben Evans’ mouth. He had come to Crete for an Open Spaces Java conference. I explained that I usually bought petrol at the petrol station, but that there was a shop around the corner that sold beer. Ben looked disappointed. I had lived on this Greek island for five years and had never thought of trying to buy beer at the local BP.

I felt a bit like this while reading this book. I consider myself a Java fundi. I have spent the past 15 years programming Java, writing hundreds of articles, speaking at conferences, and teaching advanced Java courses. And yet, when I read Ben and Martijn’s book, I kept coming across ideas that I hadn’t thought of. ...

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