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Effective Java Programming Language Guide

4.45  ·  Rating Details ·  4,264 Ratings  ·  243 Reviews
While specifically targeting intermediate Java programmers (the bulk of Java programmers), this book also provides "food for thought' to advanced programmers and C++ programmers in particular. "Effective Java" is an explicit (and acknowledged) homage to Scott Meyer's "Effective C++."
Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 5th 2001 by Addison-Wesley Professional
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Feb 12, 2012 Eric rated it it was amazing
Shelves: java, techie
This is the single best book I have seen or read about Java to date. Bloch, who has been involved in the development of the latest versions of the Java language and specification, does not teach how to write Java code; he teaches how to write GOOD Java code.

This is a MUST READ for anyone who plans to write more than a little bit of Java code. But not only that, it is fairly easy to read and rather interesting.

I had a few second thoughts after writing the review above, so I thought I'd better add
Christian Brumm
Dec 26, 2010 Christian Brumm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cs-software
Effective Java is THE BOOK you want to read first when you start writing Java code professionally (for a living).

In the style of Scott Meyer's C++ books, Joshua Bloch - the head behind several modern Java libraries - presents the essential tricks of the trade and best practises when it comes to Java programming. This is essential when you want to write highly maintainable, efficient modern Java code.

The second edition puts a lot of emphasis on all the new language features that came with Java 5
Apr 10, 2013 Jesse rated it liked it
Score: 3.5/5

Effective Java: even the title is concise and to-the-point, like the rest of the book's writing. This is not a book for beginners, but rather a book on general software design concepts, particularly with respect to Java itself. The book is organized into a few dozen "items", most of which follow this format:
1) "Here's a suggestion. You should probably follow it."
2) "Here's an example of following it, here's an example of why not following it is bad, and here's an example of when you
Apr 16, 2009 Michael rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009_read, 2007_read
Although it is a bit outdated, 90% of the book contains great advise for any Java programmer. If you have not read this then you do not know how to program Java.
Anton Petrov
Mar 18, 2015 Anton Petrov rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-english, mye, tech
By far the best programming book I have ever read to date.
Jun 20, 2010 Francis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a unique and very worthwhile work for experienced Java developers who want to take their Java skills to the next level. It assumes that the reader is fully comfortable programming in Java, and gives a collection of tips on how to exploit certain language features, how to avoid various pitfalls, and so forth. The book makes frequent reference to design patterns, but it is not a design patterns book. It is also distinct from a “software engineering” book, but rather concentrates on aspects ...more
May 13, 2012 Tomasz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009, technical, owned
If most programmers consider Core Java to be the best book for beginners, they should think about “Effective Java” as the best book for intermediate and more advanced Java programmers.
After this book my awareness about how good Java code should look like improved a lot. I learnt a lot of interesting and useful approaches to developing code in different situations. And, in spite of being heavily packed of knowledge, I can not say that reading this book was difficult. It was a nice lecture althoug
John Chilton
Jul 09, 2010 John Chilton rated it really liked it
If you program Java, you must read this book. You won't learn any new syntax, language feature, library, or framework, but you will be a much better programmer as a result of reading this book. Its the best anything on Java I have read. I don't agree with 100% of the material in this book, but Joshua Bloch has a strong, clear opinions and he argues them well. This book is so good, I think you should read it even if you aren't a Java programmer but program C#, C++, or something else along those l ...more
Jul 14, 2013 Denis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is simply brilliant. Updated to the most recent language specification it covers a lot of issues and caveats that almost every Java developer encounters every day. The author is the guy who has designed and implemented the Collections framework and he knows his subject very well. This book can and definitely will increase one's productivity dramatically. The only obvious prerequisite is that a reader should already know and have experience in Java. Otherwise it would be better to inves ...more
Aug 10, 2010 Dimitko rated it really liked it
This book impressed me with the amount of practical use-cases of Java subtleties and intricacies -- for example, the proper implementation of "equals" method in classes.

The author not only shows us some common misconceptions about the "low level" Java mechanics (not the native level, but the basics of the language and the Java API), but also gives us many examples from his rich carreer.

It is my opinion that understanding the basics of Java (it turns out many of us don't) is the key to avoiding m
Venkat Pedapati
Jan 06, 2013 Venkat Pedapati rated it it was amazing
If you have already done a few years of programming in an object oriented programming language like Java, this book might make you very uncomfortable. More than saying what to do, this book stresses on what not to do in Java and you'll thank for it in the long term.

The tips are organised into items each of few pages and can be read independently.
Sep 19, 2009 Ryanjustus rated it it was amazing
Amazing book that I would recommend every Java developer have in his library. This book covers the best practices aspects of programming Java that are pretty hard to pick up without years and years of trial and error and seeing what works best.
Jun 28, 2010 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: programming
Easy to read for a programming book. Great information about the best way to use java. Also contains many sections detailing how changes in java affect how you should implement your code.

Excellent for Java developers keeping current on Java
Owen Lindsell
Mar 04, 2012 Owen Lindsell rated it it was amazing
Points out loads of really important pitfalls that you really should know if you want to write quality code. In a style that's informative and enjoyable.
Apr 16, 2014 Jan-Willem rated it it was amazing
Roger Camargo
Jan 24, 2013 Roger Camargo rated it really liked it
Varias dicas para não cometermos erros comuns de programação em Java. Recomendo a leitura
Nov 04, 2016 Kesavacharan rated it it was amazing
Must read for Java developers if they want to build intuition. This book may be slightly outdated or partially informative, but it made me feel that Java is not as boring as everyone thinks. Also, this book talks about some really good designs like usage of Builder pattern, composition over inheritance, correct use of synchronization etc.
Fábio Nonato
Dec 10, 2016 Fábio Nonato rated it really liked it
Excelente livro para leitura coletiva em empresas: os capítulos podem ser divididos porque não possuem dependência e as apresentações podem ser complementadas com exemplos reais da empresa.
Jeffery Moulton
Dec 14, 2016 Jeffery Moulton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference
This is a great book and a must-read for any Java developer. It is a little dated with the latest Java release, but still very relevant. I highly recommend it to my team and to any other developers.
Rory Armstrong
Dec 21, 2016 Rory Armstrong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Needs an update for Java 8!
Alex Salo
Oct 24, 2016 Alex Salo rated it it was amazing
The first language book I found extremely useful and worth **reading**.
Jiabin Lu
Dec 23, 2016 Jiabin Lu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a must read for every Java user. Medium level.
Kaloyan Roussev
Oct 07, 2016 Kaloyan Roussev rated it it was amazing
Shelves: programming
Without this book, you might know the syntax of the Java language, but you are just crawling on the ground, eating grass not to starve to death. If you read and learn this book, you know how to cook the meal like a professional cook, and do cleanly and effectively, too.
Bhakta Kishor Behera
Feb 24, 2015 Bhakta Kishor Behera rated it liked it
Shelves: study
Java is a set of several computer software and specifications developed by Sun Microsystems, later acquired by Oracle Corporation, that provides a system for developing application software and deploying it in a cross-platform computing environment. Java is used in a wide variety of computing platforms from embedded devices and mobile phones to enterprise servers and supercomputers. While less common, Java applets run in secure, sandboxed environments to provide many features of native applicati ...more
Sep 19, 2014 Andrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: technical
Great book but some parts can be skipped.

By chapters:

2 Creating and Destroying Objects.
Really interesting chapter but I didn't use these tips in practice.

3 Methods Common to All Objects.
You really should read this part, especially if you have no or little experience.

4 Classes and Interfaces.
Good OO advices.
One note: I prefer protected access over private because you can't know all use cases of your code.

5 Generics.
I think these advices are quite obvious nowadays.

6 Enums and Annotations.
Rahma Naveed
import java.util.Scanner;
public class JavaApplication54 {

* @param args the command line arguments
public static void main(String[] args) {
// TODO code application logic here
Scanner in= new Scanner (;
System.out.println("enter your name");
System.out.println("enter math marks in quiz 1");
int b=in.nextInt();
System.out.println("enter your math quiz marks in quiz 2");
int c=in.nextInt();
System.out.println("enter your math test mark in test 1");
int d=in.nex
Arjun Vade
Mar 25, 2016 Arjun Vade rated it it was amazing
Quoting the foreward as is here, it justifies perfectly what this book is all about.

"If you have ever studied a second language yourself and then tried to use it outside the classroom, you know that there are three things you must master: how the language is structured (grammar), how to name things you want to talk about (vocabulary), and the customary and effective ways to say everyday things (usage). Too often only the first two are covered in the classroom, and you find
native speakers constan
Jordi Gil
5/5 Stars

Absolutely a must have read for any Java developer regardless of experience and knowledge. Even after more than 10 years using Java I was still amazed to learn so many things from this book. Granted there are things I have never needed or used (such as developing my own public API's), but there were a few things that I usually do that helped me to understand better the language and improve my coding skills.

The book is split into 78 chapters, grouped by different areas of the Java langua
Max Savchenko
Jul 24, 2015 Max Savchenko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Одна из немногих книг, написанная, как мне кажется, не по принципу "Мне платят за количество строк", а "У меня есть куча умных мыслей, которыми я готов поделиться". Содержит пачку советов и решений по тем или иным вопросам, с которыми сталкивается разработчик каждый день. Причем почти в каждом пункте автор помимо описания проблемы приводит быстрый и кривой вариант решения, а потом - корректный и красивый (с объяснением, почему надо делать именно так, а не иначе). Прекрасное чтиво для Java-програ ...more
Oct 14, 2013 Maciek rated it really liked it
This is a fantastic book. It gives you a ton of bite sized ways to improve your code, that seem to be able to make wonders for your programs when used in aggregate.

I especially enjoyed the chapters on Serialization and Concurrency, as I feel these topics are not adequately represented in more basic books about Java. The chapters more concerned with API design had a similar vibe to Martin Odersky's "Programming in Scala" and the general feel of the Scala language, despite some philosophical diffe
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