Channels ▼

Developer's Reading List

, January 24, 2012 The latest books off the press cover code readability, Java performance, hunting for and prying open security defects, game testing, architecture, and even OpenVMS.
  • E-mail
  • Print

Murach's Java Programming, 4th Ed.

Joel Murach
Mike Murach and Associates

With so many excellent Java tutorials on the market, it's hard to figure out why anyone would want to publish yet another. None of the many available can touch Core Java (Volumes 1 and 2), which is simply the best, most complete, and most frequently updated tutorials available.

Murach chooses a substantially different approach to instruction. His book is filled with two-page examples of how to use each major feature of the language. For example, a two-page (explanation and code) presentation of how to use for-loops; later, handling exceptions; and even later, the Derby database. In some senses, it's a book of recipes presented in a natural tutorial sequence. For developers who don't need to really learn the language, but just want the code for the immediate hacking they need to do, this book is a good solution. The downside is that many topics are not covered (reflection, serialization, etc.), and those that are get only shallow treatment. Still, it's useful for quick hacks for coders new to the language.  — Andrew Binstock






Currently we allow the following HTML tags in comments:

Single tags

These tags can be used alone and don't need an ending tag.

<br> Defines a single line break

<hr> Defines a horizontal line

Matching tags

These require an ending tag - e.g. <i>italic text</i>

<a> Defines an anchor

<b> Defines bold text

<big> Defines big text

<blockquote> Defines a long quotation

<caption> Defines a table caption

<cite> Defines a citation

<code> Defines computer code text

<em> Defines emphasized text

<fieldset> Defines a border around elements in a form

<h1> This is heading 1

<h2> This is heading 2

<h3> This is heading 3

<h4> This is heading 4

<h5> This is heading 5

<h6> This is heading 6

<i> Defines italic text

<p> Defines a paragraph

<pre> Defines preformatted text

<q> Defines a short quotation

<samp> Defines sample computer code text

<small> Defines small text

<span> Defines a section in a document

<s> Defines strikethrough text

<strike> Defines strikethrough text

<strong> Defines strong text

<sub> Defines subscripted text

<sup> Defines superscripted text

<u> Defines underlined text

Dr. Dobb's encourages readers to engage in spirited, healthy debate, including taking us to task. However, Dr. Dobb's moderates all comments posted to our site, and reserves the right to modify or remove any content that it determines to be derogatory, offensive, inflammatory, vulgar, irrelevant/off-topic, racist or obvious marketing or spam. Dr. Dobb's further reserves the right to disable the profile of any commenter participating in said activities.

 
Disqus Tips To upload an avatar photo, first complete your Disqus profile. | View the list of supported HTML tags you can use to style comments. | Please read our commenting policy.