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What's a good Java book for an "experienced" programmer?

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Hey, I haven't posted on this forum in several years (I made this account a long time ago, hence the incredibly stupid username :/) and since then I've become a reasonable C++ programmer (reasonable to the sense that I've made a few applications in Qt and the likes). Anyhow, I'm taking AP Computer Science this summer and I currently don't know squat when it comes to Java. I was hoping that you guys could recommend me some Java books that I can use to learn the syntax of the language, as well as the libraries associated with it. I'm not looking for an introductory book, because I don't need things like constructors, polymorphism, arrays, references and so on to be explained across lengthy passages that would be reviewing information I already know. A book that talks more about OO design patterns in Java while simultaneously introducing the Java API would be ideal.

Feel free to move this post if I put it in the wrong area, I just haven't used this forum in a long time and I didn't see a "lounge" area to put it in.

Also, having read some of the posts I made a few years back, I was a b****, so sorry for all of the ignorant/stupid things I posted.

Thanks.
Mar 27 '12 #1
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That would be the JLS:http://docs.oracle.com/javase/specs/
Mar 28 '12 #2

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Seems like a... boring read, but it's also exactly what I asked for, so thanks!
Mar 28 '12 #3

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