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Gaining Maximum Value from your lambda book

 
Kent O. Johnson
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Hello Mr. Subramaniam,

I'd like to get the most out of your book and am excited to see it is a part of the Pragmatic imprint series.
You say your book is for "programmers well-versed in object oriented programming in Java and keen to learn and apply the new facilities of lambda expressions."

Am I ready to read your book? As a beginner I do not yet know how to judge how close I come to the mark you set. I have a beginning knowledge of design patterns by reading Alan Shalloway's Design Patterns Explained and have worked on one major project since graduating college. In that project I used lambda expressions with collections after I saw your lecture at SpringOne 2GX. I like the idea of lambdas and am still puzzled as to what their potential power is.

However, I don't want to jump into the book prematurely and be in over my head. What do you define as "well-versed in object oriented programming?"
 
Venkat Subramaniam
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Hi Kent,

The book is written for someone who is comfortable programming in versions of Java prior to version 8. The most significant change to the
language prior to version 8 was in version 5. I expect the reader to have programmed in Java 5, 6, or 7 and can easily get around creating
objects, invoking methods, applying common design patterns, etc. In short, someone who is not new to Java.

Hope this helps answer your question.

Thanks,

Venkat
 
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