Top 10 Books For Advanced Level Java Developers

Java is one of the most popular programming language nowadays. There are plenty of books for beginners. But to those who have programmed with Java for a while, some of them may look somehow simple and redundant. The beginner's books do not bring fresh and interesting ideas. However, advanced Java books are not always right at hand, not partially because they require more skills, experienced, and deep thinkers to write.

In this post, I would like to share my experience with only advanced level of Java, which means books like "Thinking in Java" or "Head First Java" won't be listed although they are very good for beginners. Also I try to avoid listing Java books for specific software or frameworks or certifications, which I assume is not "pure" Java.

Java in a Nutshell

It is a more reference than a must read.

Effective Java


This book is really only for deeper understanding Java developer. It brings together seventy-eight indispensable programmer’s rules of thumb: working, best-practice solutions for the programming challenges you encounter every day.

The elements of Java style

It is directed at anyone who writes Java code, by furnishing a set of rules for Java practitioners, by offering a collection of standards, conventions, and guidelines for writing solid Java code, and by illustrating how to write solid Java code that will be easy to understand, maintain, and enhance.

Java Concurrency in Practice

java concurrency

This is one of the hardest things to get right.

Design patterns: elements of reusableobject-oriented software

Actually, examples in this book were written in C++ or smalltalk, but so what? If you want to grow as a developer, you have know Design Patterns, to take advantages of the best practices and experience of others, and learn from those who have face the same problems. There are many other similar books, but they are just doing patching work.

The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master

Again, it is not a book for Java developer only. "The cool thing about this book is that it's great for keeping the programming process fresh. The book helps you to continue to grow and clearly comes from people who have been there."

Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture


You may have learned design patterns, but not sure how they are used in enterprise frameworks. This book explains common enterprise design patterns.

Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code


If you have programmed for years, you will find this book definitely worth to read. Refactoring can make code more readable and easier to maintain.

OSGi in Action: Creating Modular Applications in Java


For more or less, it is good to know service oriented programming. The first several chapters of this book can give you a nice introduction and concrete examples.

Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship


Last but not least, it is always good to review your coding style. 90% of effort will be spent on maintenance, it is extremely important to make clean code.

Update: Of course there are other nice books for advanced Java developers. If you think any other book should be here, please leave your comment. I will combine them later here.

Simple Java

A little advertisement for myself. This book is a collection of popular blog posts from ProgramCreek.

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  1. Barista on 2013-9-8

    Nice list of books. It’s very similar with mine. Have a look

  2. David Karr on 2013-9-8

    Seriously, a top 10 list of Java books that doesn’t mention “Effective Java” by Joshua Bloch?

  3. Java Developer on 2013-9-17

    “Head first” is also a good book to learn java programming language.

  4. ypeng on 2013-9-24

    the second one is right “Effective Java”. 🙂

  5. ypeng on 2013-9-24

    great mind thinks alike 🙂

  6. xiangxm on 2013-10-31

    where is the thinking in java?

  7. wang on 2013-11-1

    The second book,isn’t it ?

  8. David Karr on 2013-11-1

    Uh, I don’t see how I missed that. Never mind.

  9. Aaron Wen on 2013-11-3

    I just have readed

  10. Aaron Wen on 2013-11-3

    I will recommanded some books like:Programming Pearls, On top of Tides.
    I think not only read the book that is program skill, but also make eyes to large.

  11. come_on_now on 2013-11-3

    How great !

  12. chrishardy on 2013-11-3

    why 10?not 9 or 11?

  13. flyme on 2013-11-3

    maybe the author think it’s not advanced

  14. justjavac on 2013-11-4

    都有中文版。但是,怎么没有《thinking in java》呢?

  15. 海竹 on 2014-4-15

    In this post, I would like to share my experience with only advanced level of Java, which means books like “Thinking in Java” or “Head First Java” won’t be listed although they are very good for beginners. ——这里不是有说明么,虽然不知道为什么。

  16. Farooque on 2014-8-28

    Do you have any plans learning english?? hahaaaa…:)

  17. jai on 2014-10-28

    For java tutorials visit:

  18. hello on 2014-12-7

    above all these , i would recommend “java- black book ” by kogent solutions..
    its just an awwwwwwesome book to learn java whoever you are like beginner, advanced level etc. i love tat book to the coooooooore……

  19. Javin Paul on 2014-12-9

    I think this list definitely need a book on JVM internals and Performance tuning, that’s the one area which separates advanced Java programmer to others. The best one I can think of is “Java Performance the definitive guide by Scott Oaks”. If you need more than one book, You can my list of Java books

  20. Javin Paul on 2014-12-9

    It’s here in my collection of top 9 Java books 🙂

  21. Isaac Carter on 2014-12-17

    “Java Generics and Collections” from O’Reilly is a great book that every advanced Java developer needs to read.

  22. Oleksandr Alesinskyy on 2014-12-17

    “Effective Java” – for intermediate level developers.
    “Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code” – as above.
    “Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture” – for trash can.

    “Java puzzlers”

    In doubt
    “Design patterns: elements of reusable object-oriented software” – good book, but strictly speaking, not Java-specific.

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