Media praise for Java in a Nutshell

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Best of 2001: Customers' Picks, amazon.com

"This is one of the best books on Java that I have read. In
the first part of the book, the core Java language and the
Java platform have been described concisely, but without
sacrificing clarity. In fact, clarity is probably the most
important virtue of this book (as it should be of any good writing)."
--Arunprasad P. Marathe, alt.books.technical, Oct 2001

Best of 2001 Award; Computing and Internet, Fatbrain.com

JavaPro Third Annual Reader's Choice Awards
Best Java Book for Experts Second place: Java IAN 3e

"David Flanagan's Java in a Nutshell has quality stamped on its cover and embedded in its acid-free paper. O'Reilly has a reputation for books with terse, accessible writing-- and this book is no exception. I'm sure this book will meet the needs of programmers everywhere who want to get up to speed with Java." --Doug Nickerson, ERCB.com

"Keep a copy of Java in a Nutshell, by David Flanagan nearby. You will use it quite often." --Online, 05/01/2001

"Best of 2000", fatbrain.com Dec 2000

"Best of 2000: Computer Programming" amazon.com, Dec 2000

Java in a Nutshell Top Computer Books for 2000 --amazon.com

Java in a Nutshell Amazon "Customer Favorites" of 2000

"This book should find a home next to many Java programmers' keyboards." --Computer Contractor, Jan 28, 2000

"If you have to limit yourself to one Java book, Java in a Nutshell would be an excellent choice. This is doubly true if you are a consultant, travel around a bit, and need something light but extremely useful." --Billy Barron, javamug.org, April 2000

"Honorable Mention" --Javaworld 1999 Readers' Choice Awards

"If you are looking for a Java reference, this is a solid volume that will provide lasting value." --John Keogh, Amazon.con, January 2000

"highly recommended"--Risc user, Dec 1999

"Not just for newbies, it's also a concise reference for all Java programmers... an excellent book to learn Java--and as a useful reference book, too." -- Karl W. Pfalzer Devx.com. March 2000

From the second edition:
"Newly updated for Java 1.1, this bestselling Java book has gotten better with comprehensive coverage of all the classes in the core Java 1.1 API. Features an accelerated introduction to Java for C and C++ programmers and a programmer-friendly reference guide. Covers through to Java 1.1." --Geoff Choo, Director Solutions WEBzine, http://space.tin.it/internet/gchoo/html/books_java.html

"Although I have been in the software industry for 16 years, this is probably the first note of this kind I've ever sent. I just wanted to say thanks for producing such high quality programming books (especially the Java series) at rational prices. It seems that the rest of the computer book industry is hell bent on a race to see who can gouge the highest prices for the cheapest trash. I've voted with my wallet since most of the titles that I buy these days are yours." --Donald J. Cunningham, online.cunningham

From the first edition:
"David Flanagan's Java in a Nutshell has quality stamped on its cover and embedded in its acid-free paper. O'Reilly has a reputation for books with terse, accessible writing and this book is no exception." --Dr. Dobbs, December 1996

"I'm sure this book will meet the needs of programmers everywhere who want to get up to speed with Java." --Dr. Dobbs, December 1996

"Like every O'Reilly title I've seen this one is excellent! All of the explanation you need, written clearly and enjoyably, but without useless happy talk and hand-holding.... It quickly explained a lot of topics that I didn't quite get when reading other 'more accessible' books... a must have." --miles@clark.net (Miles Parker Mac Consulting/4D Development)

"Far and away the best book on the subject...[has] a 'maturity' that's lacking in other books--the overall structure and organization of the book are very well thought out." --Alex Strasheim

"The best printed Java material is O'Reilly & Associates' Java in a Nutshell. In typical nutshell fashion it is concise, packed with information, and not cluttered with fluff." --coupon@primenet.com (Roger Jennings)

"Java in a Nutshell is an excellent book at a reasonable price that any serious Java programmer won't be caught without!" --maclenna@ozone.uiowa.edu (Mark MacLennan)

"After curling up with JavaNut I've become one." --Leslie Cuff

"I've got a shelf full of Java books, but the one I couldn't comfortably live without is Java in a Nutshell. Keep up the good work." --Robert G. Ferrell, System Administrator/Lead Programmer, Gemini Internet Marketing Services

"I just got my copy of O'Reilly's Java in a Nutshell. I imagine it will become quite a hit. Many examples, and--finally--reasonable class library documentation! An excellent book, and their lay-flat binding makes it even better. Flanagan's examples are great. The generic socket client and server are a great starting place for socket based applets." --Shane Bouslough, comp.lang.java newsgroup, February 1996

"This is the best book on Java...." --borys@ncats.newaygo.mi.us (borys)

"This book is by far the best book on Java." --Rene Feliciano

"O'Reilly's Java in a Nutshell is oh so handy (thanks David Flanagan)." --sandvik@sgi.com (Kent Sandvik)

"Thorough, well-indexed, and endowed with a good set of appendix-style summaries...more serious and more terse than other, chattier books on Java." --delabeau@iniki.gsfc.nasa.gov (J-F Pitot de La Beaujardiere)

"A *very useful* handbook for Java programmers.... This book will be extremely popular." --maclenna@ozone.uiowa.edu (Mark MacLennan)

"The only book out that covers the Final 1.0 Java specification.... Indispensable to Java programmers." --from the FAQ list for Roaster (TM) (a Java environment for the Mac)

"Are you planning on a series a-la the 7 volume X-Windows reference set? A series of similar depth for Java would be wonderful, and they would get a spot on my bookshelf just down from the nearly complete X-Windows reference set." --Peter Johansson, post to comp.lang.java