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Gregg Bolinger
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I was looking through the TOC for the book. It looks like it covers a lot of different API's. How thourough are they covered? Is it just enough to make you say "Wow, now I can go use this" or is it just enough to say "Wow, now I am totally confused."

There are a couple of other books that claim to give your practicle use of Java with some fancy examples and code snipits, but in glancing at those, they start off strong and then by the end of the book I wondered when I would ever really need to code a web crawler.

How practicle is your book in terms of what you felt people wanted to learn and actually use your book for?

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My experience with my heavily dog-eared copy is "Wow, now I can go use this."

Often, it *does* inspire me to go learn more about the topic, but it does an outstanding job of providing enough to be really useful. As I said in another post, some Cookbooks are simply too terse with the recipe, without providing enough surrounding context, but Ian does a great job of providing more.

This is on my ten most useful Java books, and the very top of my stranded-on-a-desert-island list.

cheers,
Kathy
 
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Never been a fan of cookbooks, they have to walk a very fine line between providing recipes that are too simple, and recipes that are too obscure.

Anyway, having taken a look at this book eariler this week, I was impressed. I just recently had to parse a huge XML file, and this book had a recipe, which did it the way I finally ended up doing it.

I just wish that I saw it eariler. In the future, I definitely look up this book (on Safari) first when encountering something that could be somewhat common, but not easy.

Henry
 
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As I mentioned in another thread, the writing style and objective is much similar to the style and objective of Recipes series of Manning such as Structs Recipes, JUnit Recipes...

Recipes series of Manning also focus on a particular problem and a specific solution to that problem is in the book... There are many kinds of problems related to a certain topic of the book and the authors are trying to cover as many problems as possible...

Does anyone know if they got the same style betwen O'Reilly's cookbook series and Manning's Recipes series? Thanks...
 
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Thanks for the question, and thanks Kathy for your kind words :-)

Unfortunately I cannot compare my book to Manning Press books for a number of reasons,
first and most important that I don't have a copy and am not near a library or bookstore.

But what I try to do in the book is to cover the few hundred most important things you
are likely to need to know how to do as a Java developer.

It is definitely an implementation book, not a Patterns book.

Ian
 
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