The Java language/platform
Professor Futrelle -- College of Computer Science, Northeastern U., Boston, MA
(Updated 12 September 2004 - slight update 4 September 2005)
This page contains useful links
to online Java resources.
Also see my page on
for building GUIs with Java.
And google works fine for virtually any kind of question
you might have about the Java language.
Books -- Hardcopy and on-line
At last count there were over 2,000 books (!) on the Java language, so picking
out a few to suggest here is not easy!
My first suggestion is a book that is available in its entirety online
and also in hardcopy.
It is Sun's The Java(TM) Tutorial: A Short Course on the Basics (3rd Edition)
by Mary Campione, Kathy Walrath, and Alison Huml, 3rd edition
Here is a link to the online version. That page also includes
tutorials on a number of specialized Java topics.
Here's the complete
online edition of Bruce Eckel's Thinking In Java 3rd Edition.
Note that Eckel finished the 3rd and final edition of his book in November 2002.
It is available for free download from his
and/or you can buy it in hardcopy.
- O'Reilly publishes an
entire series of Java books.
I use their Java in a Nutshell
as a useful reference guide. About one-third of the book introduces you to the
language and the other two-thirds is an API quick-reference.
Our Snell Library
has over 200 books on Java, many quite recent. Search here
here for "java AND programming".
The great majority of them have call numbers starting with QA76.73.
- Beyond these, Boston is replete with large and high-quality bookstores.
There's a Barnes & Noble in the Prudential Center nearby, for example.
Examining on-line booklists, especially when ranked by reviews or by best selling
ratings, can be useful also.
On-line reference materials
- Google is the best we have these days.
search for "java"
- Sun Microsystems who developed the Java language publish their own series
of Java books (through Addison-Wesley publishers). Many of these books are
available on-line free, in their entirety. Information on the books and links
to the on-line versions are available here.
Scroll down to the section "Learning the Java Programming Language".
- If you would like to read a concise book on the structure
of the Java language, look at this online:
The Java Language Specification, 2nd Edition, by James Gosling, Bill Joy,
Guy Steele, and Gilad Bracha.
- The basic command-line tools such as java, javac and the like
are described here.
- The API for the current Java version (1.4.2 is installed in CCIS)
Java Standard Edition Platform Documentation page includes links
to the APIs as well as to the on-line
Java Tutorial, which has many "trails"
on various topic areas.
- A major source for developers is Sun's
Documentation and Training page.
- Marty Hall at Johns Hopkins University has assembled a
huge collection of links
to all sorts of Java resources.
He's also the author of a well-respected Java book.
Java Swing -- Building GUIs
Swing is a large collection of packages that enable you to build rich
and sophisticated GUIs. Here is my page of Swing resources.
Javadoc -- Generating APIs from your comments
Javadoc is one of the Java platform utilities that will generate a collection
of pages for you from your comments in your source code. The comments must
be of a certain form and appear in right places for this to work.
Here is Futrelle's page on Javadoc.
A note on timers for general applications and for Swing (graphics)
Here's a brief note I've composed
about timers that are useful for putting
out output at a modest and readable rate, for producing delays and for
performing the repeated actions at specific intervals in animation.
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