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Java 7 Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach by Carl Dea, John O'Conner, Freddy Guime, Josh Juneau

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Getting Started with Java 7

The Java language has been around for quite some time now. It has been labeled a “legacy language,” and some say that Java will become outdated and a language of the past. Those who advocate languages that do not run on the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) make these statements, and they are untrue. With each release, the Java language gains new features, adding new capabilities to help developers of the JVM become more productive.

The first major release of Java was distributed in 1996, and since then the language has undergone many changes. Over the years, the language has added features such as inner ...

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