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Practical Java¿ Programming Language Guide

Practical Java¿ Programming Language Guide

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By: Peter Haggar (Author)  (Paperback - 2000)
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» Paperback: (320 pages)
» Publisher Addison-Wesley Professional (February 11, 2000)
» ISBN: 0201616467
» Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.5 inches
» Sales Rank: #1,601,557 in Books
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Book Description
This book does for Java what Scott Meyers' classic Effective C++ did for C++: identifies the key practices and rules that enable good developers to become great developers. IBM Java expert Peter Haggar brings together 68 rules for writing better Java 2 code, complete with insightful discussions and real-world examples. These are the "rules of thumb" expert developers have discovered: guidelines that consistently lead to clear, correct, and efficient code. Haggar focuses on the key issues virtually every Java developer faces, from general techniques (such as when to use polymorphism and when not to use method overloading); to working with objects, exception handling, performance, multithreading, classes, interfaces, and beyond. Haggar has a remarkable talent for crystallizing a problem and solution, and communicating it in words and code. The result: a book that can help any Java developer get dramatically better results -- fast.

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Practical Java Guide line book!, March 22, 2000
This review is from: Practical Java¿ Programming Language Guide (Paperback)
Practical Java Programming Language Guide used the "essay" style similar to "Effective C++" to explain some issues in Java. It covers General Technique,Object and Equality, Exception Handling, Performance, Multithreading and Class & Interface with total 68 'Praxis'.
This 'essay' style is my favorite. It represents topics in each small 'essay' and you can easily pick up the topic you are interested in without getting lost, or just read the book from cover-to-cover. It is also very useful for checking up something in which you'd like to have more understanding. You won't get bored there!
I would say this book is for intermediate to advance Java programmer. It is not a book to learn how to program in Java, it is a good book to get more understanding with Java. It will help you learn more about Java, become a better Java programmer. I feel like I've learn a lot even with my 4-years professional Java programming experience. Also, if you... Read more
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Handy Software Design Companion, February 13, 2000
This review is from: Practical Java¿ Programming Language Guide (Paperback)
I find Peter Haggar's *Practical Java Programming Language Guide* to be a very handy companion when doing software design. Since his "Praxes" are largely independent nuggets of wisdom, I can turn to one readily when I am deliberating over a design decision in Java, and seek Peter's advice. I have also read a few of the chapters from beginning to end to gain a deeper grounding in a particular area (e.g., exception handling). In summary, this is a very to-the-point book, full of practical advice for even seasoned Java developers.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful, easy to browse or to look for a particular topic, February 21, 2000
Gregory M. Lucas (Medford, MA USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Practical Java¿ Programming Language Guide (Paperback)
This is a pretty good reference, providing a collection of 'praxes' on how to write better code. It covers issues of design, performance, concurrency, readability, and so on. Although not all this material is new to me, it is presented in a format that is easy to thumb through or to use as a reference when making design decisions. One drawback -- I find the text is in places repetitive, where the author reiterates a point in several ways without providing any new insight. So I've found myself skimming in a few places. This does not affect the overall readability and usefulness of this book, though, and I recommend it to intermediate/advanced developers looking for ways to improve their code.
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