Book Recommendations

So I have to admit that, as an author, I feel a bit uneasy about making book recommendations--I don't want people to think I'm a tool of the publishing industry, or a mouthpiece for Prentice Hall or anything. Most of all, I don't want this site to be just a promotion for Core Jini, but rather a resource for people doing Jini development.

Books are some of the best resources we have available though, and I do have some strong opinions on what I like and what I don't like. Particularly in the Java market, where new books get churned out regularly, there's a need to separate the wheat from the chaff. Hence my decision to go ahead and provide a page of my personal book picks.

Some of the books I've listed here are published by Prentice Hall (who published my book), and some are published by others. Some are even competitors to my book. But all have earned a place on my shelf, and I have no qualms about personally recommending any of them.

I hope you find them as useful as I have. I've provided brief descriptions of why I think the books listed below are valuable; you can click on the cover image to jump to the book's page on You can help support this website (hosting charges, etc.) by clicking through to buy from Amazon!

(This list is just Java books. I've also provided a list of technical (and pseudo-technical) books that aren't Java related but that I think are outstanding.)

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Keith Edwards

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