In his latest book, Maurice Naftalin takes us on a journey of discovery as we learn with him how Lambdas and Streams work in Java 8. Full Article
Software engineers need to have a good understanding of mathematics. In this newsletter, we review a book written by a geek and aimed at the geek who wants to discover interesting facts about maths. Full Article
Ben Evans and Martijn Verburg explain to us in their new book what it takes to be a well-grounded Java developer. The book contains a section on the new Java 7 features and also vital techniques that we use for producing robust and performant systems. Full Article
In his latest book, Jim Waldo describes several Java features that he believes make Java "good". A nice easy read, and I even learned a few new things from it. Full Article
Joshua Bloch has at long last published an updated version of Effective Java. An essential guide for professional Java programmers who are interested in producing high quality code, this book is also very readable. In this newsletter we describe some of the nuggets found in the book. Full Article
Experienced Java programmers will love the Java Puzzlers book by Josh Bloch and Neal Gafter, both well known Java personalities. In this newsletter, we look at two of the puzzles as a teazer for the book. Full Article
Java Generics and Collections is the "companion book" to The Java Specialists' Newsletter. A well written book that explains generics really nicely, including some difficult concepts. In addition, they cover all the new collection classes up to Java 6 Mustang. Full Article
We review Java Concurrency in Practice by Brian Goetz. Brian's book is the most readable on the topic of concurrency in Java, and deals with this difficult subject with a wonderful hands-on approach. It is interesting, useful, and relevant to the problems facing Java developers today. Full Article
The book "Wicked Cool Java" contains a myriad of interesting libraries, both from the JDK and various open source projects. In this review, we look at two of these, the java.util.Scanner and javax.sql.WebRowSet classes. Full Article
This book is a fantastic introduction to Design Patterns, probably the best available. In this newsletter, I look at some of the winning formulae used in the book, and explain why they work. I also give some tips of where I disagree with the book and some additional informatio... Full Article
One of my favourite software development books, this one takes a good hard look at how to be a programmer in the real world. Surprisingly thin for a book with this much substance, I refer to the ideas in here all the time. The pragmatic bunch have built an entire industry around their software ... Full Article
In this book, Jack outlines the process used to make Java systems run faster. He gives lots of tips on how to find your bottlenecks and then also gives specific tricks to make your code just that bit faster. A must-have for Java programmers who care about the speed of their programs. Full Article
How much do your customers love you? How should you give and receive advice? In this excellent book, we learn why it is so important to understand your customer. I use the principles daily in my work with code reviews, performance tuning and dealing with customers or clients. Full Article
In our first book review, we look at an interesting book that talks about implementing numerical methods in Java. Although not primarily a Java book, it gives us some insight as to the performance of Java versus other languages like C or Smalltalk. Full Article
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