Media praise for Beyond Java

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"For me, the sign of an excellent book is one that makes me stop and think about my own choices as I'm reading, as well as prompting me to take some steps instead of just thinking about taking those steps. This book met that requirement. While the book is written primarily for Java developers, the underlying message is for *any* IT professional...This is a book I'd recommend to any software developer who is serious about what they do for a living. Step back, take a breath, and figure out if you're still heading in the right direction."
-- Thomas Duff, Duffbert's Random Musings

"This excellent book discusses the future of Java, and how it is moving away from its base. The language is showing signs of wear, and interesting innovations are beginning to appear outside of Java. For those inquiring minds, start by picking up this book! You'll be glad you did!"
-- John Vacca,

"Bruce Tate’s book Beyond Java...does a good job of explaining why so many experienced Java programmers are getting fed up with that language and moving to Python and Ruby. Beyond Java is a good summary of the arguments and worth reading."
-- Joel Spolsky, Joel on Software

"… if you haven't begun looking at other languages and are heavy in the Java world, I would highly recommend picking up a copy of the book. It's a fast, intriguing read with great insights and the chance to save yourself from looking around 4 years from now wondering what the heck happened, and why all of these developers can afford jewels and play with snakes while chatting among themselves."
--Cory Foy,, January 2006

"While the book is written primarily for Java developers, the underlying message is for *any* IT professional."
--Thomas Duff, Duffbert's Random Musings