The Web offers many resources to help you use the Java platform. This section lists some that we use ourselves, or that we've heard good things about.
Caveat: A Web site that's good one year might stagnate the next, and it can be difficult to tell unless you know the site well. Please tell us if any of these Web sites is obsolete, or if you have a URL for an excellent resource not mentioned here.
We list three kinds of resources:
General Programming Resources
The Java Developer ConnectionSM
Essential. Here are some of the things you can do at the JDC:
- research bugs
- vote for which bugs should be fixed first
- view tutorials and book samples
- download early access software
- chat with developers and API architects
http://java.sun.com/docs/codeconv/Conventions that developers within Sun try to follow when writing programs in the Java programming language.About.com Focus on Java
http://java.about.comHas articles and links to many resources.JavaWorld Magazine
http://www.javaworld.netHas articles about current programming topics.Java Boutique
http://javaboutique.internet.comHas applets (some including source code), tutorials, book reviews, and more.Java Developer's Journal
http://www.sys-con.com/java/An online subset of a print magazine. Includes source code and selected articles.
The J2EETM Tutorial
A beginner's guide to developing enterprise applications on the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition SDK.
Java 3DTM API Tutorial
Has descriptions and examples of the most commonly used features in the Java 3D API.
Introduces XML and tells you how to use the Java XML APIs.
The JNDI Tutorial
Tells you how to use the JavaTM Naming and Directory Interface (JNDI) for associating names and attributes with objects.
Many tutorials, covering a wealth of topics. Subjects include JavaBeans, Enterprise JavaBeans, JDBC, and Java 2D.
The Swing Connection
The Swing engineering team's Web site. Has articles written both by Swing creators and by external programmers who use Swing.
The Swing/JFC FAQ
Unofficial answers to frequently asked questions about Swing.
Apple's Developer Site
http://developer.apple.com/java/For programmers who use Macs.
How To Write Unmaintainable Code
http://mindprod.com/unmain.htmlLong, funny essay on how (not) to write code that no one else can read.Slashdot
http://slashdot.org/search.pl?topic=108News and discussions about the Java platform.