Due for release in quarter 4 of 2001, version 1.4 of the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition, is set to be the biggest upgrade to the functionality of the basic Java platform since the release of Java 2 over two years ago. The latest version, until recently known by the codename Merlin, represents a true commitment by Sun and the Java community to turn Java into a viable client platform, after several years of concentrating on the server.
Early Adopter J2SE 1.4 presents assesses the significance of the changes to the Java 2 platform that Merlin introduces. We will be looking at functions that have been added or modified, and see how they impact on the Java application developer's life. Throughout this book, we will use the public beta version of the J2SE 1.4 SDK to demonstrate the platform's new capabilities.
This book covers:
Installation and working with the J2SE 1.4 public beta
The new I/O framework
Improvements for client and GUI applications including JNLP
Java's new built-in XML capabilities
New utility functions including preferences and regular expressions
Additional features to the Java language, such as assertions
A look to the additional features in the future of the Java 2 platform