Dedicated to the principle that more is more, the massive Java: How-To Program, 3rd Edition, may just be the most comprehensive available textbook for Java. Suitable for both students and home study, this book offers an extremely thorough introduction to Java programming, including all major APIs.
The sheer size (and level of detail) presented here is undoubtedly its most impressive feature. Weighing in at over 1,300 pages, it features an almost endless trove of information with over 500 programming tips, over 1,000 summary points, over 900 programming exercises and a whopping 5,000-plus entries in its index. This is clearly a textbook and reference for students who want to master the entire Java language. The authors present many challenging exercises and examples, too, including many interesting graphics problems, a simulation for a simple CPU, a compiler (for the same) and an elevator simulation case study. (In all, there is certainly sufficient material in this book for two terms of college work.)
Besides a full tour of all the fundamentals of Java, from basic statements to object-oriented design techniques, the authors also delve into more advanced APIs for servlets, JDBC, RMI and JavaBeans. (Their guide to Swing components is also a standout here.)
While the richness of Java: How-To Program might well intimidate some readers, for those who want to experience all the possibilities of Java, this book is a fine choice for a first textbook on introductory programming in Java. Its authoritative and far-ranging presentation can serve as a reliable and effective guide to the truly exciting world of Java development. --Richard Dragan, amazon.co.uk
Topics covered: Basic Java, applets and applications, control structures, methods, arrays, object-oriented programming techniques, strings, graphics and Java2D, Swing user interfaces, exceptions, multithreading, multimedia, file I/O, JDBC and databases, servlets, RMI, networking, sockets, custom, data structures and collections, and JavaBeans.