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Hi,
I can see this book is 456 pages which doesn't seem long enough to cover the topics in any great detail (the OCP study guide is around 950 pages) so who is the target audience?
 
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The title “. . . in a Nutshell” would suggest it is a small book.
 
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Such books are good to remind yourself for instance how to read the file. Or if you couldn't quite remember what is the difference between the interface and abstract class, but you know there are some - so you can check.
 
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Would this be a good reference book or better as a refresher type book?
 
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The title “. . . in a Nutshell” would suggest it is a small book



Yes but not as small as "Java Pocket Reference" which is what I read on the way to an interview to remind me of stuff I rarely use.

The 2002 edition of this book was 992 pages so given Java has grown since then the audience/goal of this book must have changed.
 
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Will Myers wrote:. . . The 2002 edition of this book was 992 pages . . . .

There is a Java5 copy here, and that has 1,225 pages, so maybe OP was thinking of the Pocket book.
 
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Hi

i've been several years away from programming in general and from java in particular.

Would this book be useful for my case if i wanted to get back to programming?


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Will Myers wrote:I can see this book is 456 pages which doesn't seem long enough to cover the topics in any great detail (the OCP study guide is around 950 pages) so who is the target audience?


The OCP study guide has to cover a bunch of edge cases and details that are on the exam. It also needs to have practice questions that take up a lot of space.

The Nutshell book actually covers a lot more material in a shorter space.
 
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