I can say without a doubt that Effective Java has impacted my programming career more than any other computer science related book I've read so far, and that I'm a huge fan of Java's Collection Framework.
It's great having you over Josh, thanks for answering our questions.
Thanks everybody! You may not know it, but JavaRanch played a huge part in the launch of the first edition of Effective Java, seventeen (!) years ago. I've always had a soft spot in my heart for JavaRanch, and it's great to be back here.
Hey Josh, Thank you for stopping by. I am new to Java , but i have heard about your book and know its considered one of the best one's on the subject. I am currently preparing for OCJA (Prog 1) certification. I want to read your book as soon as i am done with my certification.
Welcome Josh, I love your work, and have all editions of your book (and also the concurrency one). I'm an amateur developer and I really like the clear and principled way your effective java books are constructed, in how the concentrated on the big issues, and the use of examples. I'm also a fan of the games and optical illusions you distribute.
The second edition was a real go-to book. My students will often hear, "In the Bible accorging to Bloch....." when I discuss matters of programming technique or style in my classes. I look forward to his commentary on Java's new features.
Welcome back I must say. Always nice to see you here. Have a great discussions!
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posted 2 years ago
Well, I still have a dozen or so unanswered questions but it's getting late. Sorry if I haven't answered your question yet. Rest assured, I'll get caught up tomorrow. But now, it's time for me to rest.
The book promo has already passed, so unfortunately you can't win the book yet. As for getting answers from Josh Bloch, you can try to post in the "Java in General" forum, but I don't expect that he's actually still around to answer them.