"When Java 1.0 was released, it contained 212 classes and interfaces. That was a very manageable size," said Flanagan. "Java 1.1 was more than double the size of the initial release, and the Java 2 Platform was 7 times as large as the initial release that fit so nicely in a nutshell."
In order to cover Java thoroughly, Java in a Nutshell, Third Edition is now part of the three-volume set of quick references that every Java programmer needs. It is an essential companion to the recently released Java Enterprise in a Nutshell, which focuses on the Java Enterprise APIs as well as the brand new Java Foundation Classes in a Nutshell, written for Java programmers who are writing applications that use graphics or graphical user interfaces. All three books may be purchased separately.
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Java Enterprise in
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3rd Edition: A Desktop Quick Reference
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