by Brian D. Eubanks
November 2005, 248 pp.
The Java programming language lurks behind both basic computing technology and everyday gizmosPocket PCs, Palm handhelds, computer operating systems, even some cell phones. So why don’t more people know how to get the most out of Java? Wicked Cool Java is an idea sourcebook that offers 101 exciting and useful tips, techniques, examples and project ideas. Professionals looking to enhance their code and make their job easier, as well as hobbyists searching for neat tricks, can combine these pointers in hundreds of different ways to create their own coding.
With Wicked Cool Java, you will learn to:
Not intended as a basic tutorial, Wicked Cool Java will help developers and system architects capitalize on their preexisting knowledge and take advantage of everything the programming language has to offer. Filled with example code, this book will definitely be a welcome find for anyone who enjoys experimenting and modifying Java code—and who wants to make their code wicked cool.
Visit the book's companion site for errata, code samples, and links to projects mentioned in the text.
About the Author
Brian D. Eubanks is a consultant, speaker, author, and trainer specializing in Internet technologies and the founder of Eu Technologies, Inc. He has more than 20 years experience as a computer programmer, network engineer, and systems consultant. His current work focuses on Java, XML and Flash.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Java Language and Core API
On Wicked Cool Java and how it lives up to its title: "Wicked Cool Java was indeed wonderful, great, and everything I had looked up in the dictionary."
"The book works hard at delivering relevant, non-superficial information...and succeeds...WICKED COOL JAVA is for the programmer that wishes to continually learn and challenge themselves with new libraries and coding examples."
"With his book, Eubanks reveals a recipe for bringing fun back to programming projects... it is certain that the book's readers will be amply rewarded."
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"This book made me want to program again and really look and think outside the box. Wicked Cool Java is a definite must have title that should be part of every Java developer's library."
"The books offers hundreds of cool tips to do all sorts of things with Java that are somewhat out of the norm, yet useful . . . I found that this book caused me to think about Java development in a new light, and gave me a lot of new ideas with which to use Java."
"[No Starch Press has] one of the best titles in Wicked Cool Java and I recommend the book for its content."
"Get a copy . . . It's a wicked cool book."
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"I did enjoy reading about many of the APIs that I was unfamiliar with. The text does inspire me to want to try out some of the material presented therein."
Review followed by interview with author Brian Eubanks; "Shares a wealth of useful information about interesting Java APIs and available open source projects. You will think up all kinds of ideas as you read this book, and you will definitely want to check out the book's companion website."
"A good place to pick up ideas, to look at a range of projects and code snippets and find out about new libraries and useful APIs."
"Essential for any experienced Java programmer who wants more."
"I did enjoy reading about many of the APIs that I was unfamiliar with. The text inspires me to want to try out some of the material presented therein."
"Where the book really shines is when it starts introducing other Java API packages that you either may not know existed, or heard of but never explored."
7 out of 10 horseshoes: “There are core Java stuff, String stuff,
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"Points you to all sorts of cool utilities and open source projects... At the same time, it does not bore you with mountains of detail."
"This is a fun book, kind of a grab bag of cool stuff to do with Java, things you might not have thought of."
"Finding a criticism for this book is not easy to do… May be the most fun book that the Java programmer will have on his shelf."
"For Java developers who are looking for interesting and useful APIs or for project ideas."
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