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Agile Software Development as book about Java? Okay, the Extreme element is making head way but this is ridiculous. Acknowledged, Robert C. Martin's book is not about learning the syntax and grammar of Java at all. For that go to our other Java book references . But Martin's book is certainly about the rubrics and semantics of design when using Java.

Because Java has a single point of inheritance, no allowance for friend classes, and greatly constrained multiple inheritance through interfaces only, design and more importantly redesign of Java classes and systems is a non-trivial art. Martin's book addresses these issues head on. We learn to identify patterns of design - classic class interrelationships with an eye towards maximizing their flexibility while retaining desirable properties such cohesion and stability. Nearly a dozen design object principles then are used to evaluate different patterns of Java classes and packages. And everywhere there are both UML diagrams and actual code examples to see the different designs in real test cases. Other books cover the principles or patterns or best practices in Java; but none combines all three in such a lucid and clearly defined fashion.

Other References:

Professional Java XML Programming by Nakhimovsky and Meyers, Wrox
Beginning Java Objects by Jacquie Barker, Wrox Press 2001 - the best intro to Java programming with a thorough grounding in object concepts
Concurrency: State Models and Java Programs by Magee and Kramer,JWiley 1999 - a classic on concurrency and threading in Java.
Java Thread Programming by Paul Hyde, Sams Press 1999 - great in combination with Concurrency book, lots of coding examples
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