Effective Java™ Second Edition: Worth the wait?

Yes, I have been horribly impatient for Joshua Bloch to update his fantastic “Effective Java™” for the last few years. There is so much potential for new effective idioms in Java 5, and I couldn’t wait to see Bloch’s recommendations and insights.

Well, the new edition’s been out for a few weeks, and I am happily making my way through it. The wait was painful, but a worthy update has been the result. So far the best major new content has been the chapter on Generics. I really wish I’d had this two years ago, it would have saved me hours of pain trying to figure out some of the subtleties for myself, from scattered sources and cryptic compiler errors.

So, definitely, pick up a copy of the new edition and read it all again, making up for lost time.

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