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Thinking in Java, 4th Edition
Bruce Eckel
0131872486
February 2006
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Book Review
Thinking in Java is a printed version of Bruce Eckel's online materials that provides a useful perspective on mastering Java for those with previous programming experience. The author's take on the essence of Java as a new programming language and the thorough introduction to Java's features make this a worthwhile tutorial.

Thinking in Java begins a little esoterically, with the author's reflections on why Java is new and better. (This book's choice of font for chapter headings is remarkably hard on the eyes.) The author outlines his thoughts on why Java will make you a better programmer, without all the complexity. The book is better when he presents actual language features. There's a tutorial to basic Java types, keywords, and operators. The guide includes extensive source code that is sometimes daunting (as with the...



Thinking in C++: Introduction to Standard C++, Volume One
Bruce Eckel
0139798099
March 2000
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Book Review
Fully revised and beefed up with plenty of new material on today's Standard C++, the new edition of Bruce Eckel's Thinking in C++: Volume I is an excellent tutorial to mastering this rich (and sometimes daunting) programming language, filled with expert advice and written in a patient, knowledgeable style.

The effective presentation, along with dozens of helpful code examples, make this book a standout. The text first sets the stage for using C++ with a tour of what object-oriented programming is all about, as well as the software design life cycle. The author then delves into every aspect of C++, from basic keywords and programming principles to more advanced topics, like function and operator overloading, virtual inheritance, exception handling, namespaces, and templates. C++ is a complex language, and the author covers...



Thinking in C++: Volume Two: Practical Programming
Bruce Eckel
0130353132
December 2003
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Book Description
Best selling author Bruce Eckel has joined forces with Chuck Allison to write Thinking in C++, Volume 2, the sequel to the highly received and best selling Thinking in C++, Volume 1. Eckel is the master of teaching professional programmers how to quickly learn cutting edge topics in C++ that are glossed over in other C++ books. In Thinking in C++, Volume 2, the authors cover the finer points of exception handling, defensive programming and string and stream processing that every C++ programmer needs to know. Special attention is given to generic programming where the authors reveal little known techniques for effectively using the Standard Template Library. In addition, Eckel and Allison demonstrate how to apply RTTI, design patterns and concurrent programming techniques to improve the quality of industrial strength...


Thinking in Java
Bruce Eckel
0130273635
June 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
Perfect for migrating to Java from a fellow object-oriented language (such as C++), the second edition of Thinking in Java continues the earlier version's thoughtful approach to learning Java inside and out, while also bringing it up to speed with some of the latest in Java 2 features. This massive tutorial covers many of the nooks and crannies of the language, which is of great value in the programming world.

The most prominent feature of the book is its diligent and extremely thorough treatment of the Java language, with special attention to object design. (For instance, 10 pages of sample code show all of the available operators.) Some of the best thinking about objects is in this book, including when to use composition over inheritance. The esoteric details of Java in regard to defining classes are...



The Best Software Writing I: Selected and Introduced by Joel Spolsky
Joel Spolsky
1590595009
June 2005
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Book Description
Joel Spolsky is not only a bestselling author, but also a software industry veteran and one of the most respected figures in computing today. Spolsky has designed and developed software used by millions of people

About the Author
Joel Spolsky, a software industry veteran, maintains his blog, Joel on Software, which has become one of the most popular independent websites for programmers. His site has been described as the "anti-Dilbert manifesto." Spolsky has designed and developed software used by millions of people, and has worked on a variety of products, from Microsoft Excel to the Juno user interface. He is the founder of Fog Creek Software in New York City.

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