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Chris Corbyn
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I'm flying from the UK to Australia at the end of September and figured I could do with some geeky entertainment for such a long (24 hrours+) journey

Does anyone have any recommendations for a Java book that isn't such much of a "how to" text book, but more something you can just pick up and read for pleasure (concepts/ideas/theory)?
 
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Java Puzzlers is a nice book. Josh Bloch and Neal Gafter, two of the Java gurus at Sun (although I think Neal works somewhere else now) have been giving presentations about these puzzles on various conferences like JavaOne and JavaPolis for some time.
 
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Effective Java: Programming Language Guide By Joshua Bloch
 
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If your interested in J2EE, then I can recommend J2EE Design and Development by Rod Johnson.

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Chris,
I find process related books to be light reading. They are both light in weight (100 pages paperback isn't bad to carry) and light reading (read like a story and not-textbooky.) They don't take 24 hours to read, but you could bring a couple or merge it with other thinks like sleeping.

The Programmatic Programmer series or Kent Beck XP series books are particularly good travel reading.
 
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Thanks guys. That Java Puzzle book looks like a pleasing alternative to your typical "crossword puzzle" books you see people entertaining themselves with in the air I'll probably buy that anyway.

Anything which just talks about Agile methods is usually an enjoyable read if you're pretty geeky too so cheers
 
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And if you want to see why J2EE is considered harmful, try

Better, Faster, Lighter Java
By Bruce A. Tate, Justin Gehtland

It may be too short for a long flight.
 
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