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Getting up to speed with "new" Java

 
Mark Lewin
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Hi Richard,

Congrats on the new book.

I've been out of the Java loop for some while now. I am a Sun Certified Programmer from way back on the 1.6 platform, and I'm looking for an upgrade path!

What should I concentrate on to get up to speed with all the new features of Java, and will your book help?

Thanks!
Mark
 
Richard Reese
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Mark,

There have been a lot of changes to Java since 1.6. The good news is there are a lot of interesting topics to learn. There are a lot of good books and web sites out there that addresses these changes. The advantage of a book is that it provides a more comprehensive coverage of many features.

As far as topics are concerned, I would look at the language changes such as the try-with-resources block in 1.7 and lambda expressions/streams in Java 1.8. There were a number of useful IO enhancements made to 1.7 that can be quite useful if you applications have a need for that. In Java 1.8, improvements in date and time are significant.

I hope this helps.

 
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