Many serious Java
programmers, especially enterprise Java
programmers, consider the new I/O API - called NIO for New Input/Output - the most important feature in the 1.4 version of the Java
2 Standard Edition. The NIO package includes many things that have been missing from previous editions of Java
that are critical to writing high-performance, large-scale applications: improvements in the areas of buffer management, scalable network
and file I/O, character-set support, and regular expression matching. Most of all, it boosts performance
and speed dramatically.
Java NIO explores the new I/O capabilities of version 1.4 in detail and shows you how to put these features to work to greatly improve the efficiency of the Java
code you write. This compact volume examines the typical challenges that Java
programmers face with I/O and shows you how to take advantage of the capabilities of the new I/O features. You?ll learn how to put these tools to work using examples of common, real-world I/O problems and see how the new features have a direct impact on responsiveness, scalability, and reliability.