Originally posted by Herb Schildt: A sample chapter (Chapter 1) is now available for download on the Osborne web site.
Would honestly prefered if Chapter 12 or 14 was the sample chapter instead. At least it would tell us something new, which the book is geared towards (telling us new stuffs about J2SE 5.0), rather than telling us something most of us knew.
One other point: I think that McGraw-Hill chose Chapter One because it sets the tone for the book, which is a serious, in-depth description of the Java language, its libraries, its philosophy, and application.
However, I would still have choosen Chapter 5!
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