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Overview

Java 7 has a number of features that will please developers. Madhusudhan Konda provides an overview of these, including strings in switch statements, multi-catch exception handling, try-with-resource statements, the new File System API, extensions of the JVM, support for dynamically-typed languages, and the fork and join framework for task parallelism.

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Average Rating: 2.3333333333333335 out of 5 rating Based on 12 Ratings

"Good introduciton but a bit short" - by Bell on 09-JUL-2013
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The author re-iterated the new features listed by Oracle official site with nice wording and examples. However, I agree with many other reviewers that it's more like an article (than a book) and could have more contents.
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"could be better" - by Anonymous on 21-JAN-2013
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The idea is to provide a short summary. It is really short. While this is not a problem by itself, having simple mistake in sample code in this scenario makes me think if the author does put some effort on it or not.
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"You can't really call this a book" - by JP on 04-OCT-2012
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I can't call this one of the worst books I've read this year, because you can't really call this a book. This is a brief text that reads like it was scribbled on the back of an ATM receipt, on the bus, on the way to the meeting with the editor, the day the final manuscript was due.

I really feel cheated.

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"Ten pages of content?" - by Ajoy Bhatia on 21-DEC-2011
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This cannot be called a book. It could be an article. It has only ten pages of content. Much less than what I was looking for.
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"Very lightweight" - by Nomadd on 09-NOV-2011
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As other reviewers have stated, this is a very poor offering, little more than a couple of pages of real content. It's a shame, as a book dedicated to detailing just the new features of Java 7 and their usage would be most welcome.

The new fork/join framework coverage here is little more than a listing of the two primary classes involved. Far, far less detail than could have been found be just looking at the Java 7 release notes or the API docs.

The writing style is also poor, switching tense, spelling mistakes, childish phrasing, etc.

All-in-all, I can't understand what on earth O'Reilly were doing when they let this rather pathetic offering out of the door.

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