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How many Java books did you buy this year?

27% (255 votes)
26% (244 votes)
7% (68 votes)
More than 10
4% (42 votes)
None, but I do buy Java books
16% (151 votes)
I don't buy Java books
20% (194 votes)
Total votes: 954


Disappointed in Tech Books

I used to buy many tech books, but they get out of date so soon that I have stopped. Of the one or two I bought this year, they we're worth what I paid.

Disappointed in Tech Books

The solution might be the O'Reilly Safari online book subscription service. Try it.

Disappointed in Tech Books

that's why buying books about specific (especially OS) "frameworks" is pretty pointless in general unless you plan to stick with a particular version for a reasonable time.

If you're an upgrade junky who always insists on using the very latest, there's indeed little to be gained from books (despite them often having more in-depth coverage than websites).

3 + 1

The + 1 is one I was given as a gift. Books are great to get an overview of (for example) a framework, but you have to search online for updated information as they tend to be old before you buy them.

about one a month on average

so the same as the last several years, apart from the 2 months I spent at home on sickleave.

Library books

Library stuffs and online tutorials are enough for me

I am waiting for JDK 6 and JSEE 5

Because there is new techology coming up, I wait until good books appear of JDK 6, EJB 3, Spring 2.0.


Yeah, online is the way to go nowadays however the quality of online content is not quite there just yet. Quality as in typos, just plain wrong information, and mass repeating. Books about broad topics are not even close to being replaced by what is online in my opinion. And sometimes I just want to get away from my computer -> easier on the eyes. I think Joshua Bloch should write more as I enjoy his books more than any other author.

Online stuff is good enough

Frankly, I often find online information is good and accurate enough. I do buy informatics books, but usually about more stable themes that details of concrete products and technologies (such as software architecture, SW engineering, best practises and the like). JDKs, APIs, and frameworks change so frequently a book is outdated by the time it is published. Chris

Online stuff is good enough

Agreed. At the pace in which the APIs have been moving, it has been difficult to get a book that covers a recent release. Looking at my bookshelf now, I probably have $1,000 worth of books that are terribly out of date.