Lisandro writes: Lucid Imagination just posted an announcement about a severe bug in the recently released Java 7. Apparently some loops are miscompiled due to errors in the HotSpot compiler optimizator, which causes programs to fail. Apparently this bug impacts several Apache projects directly — Apache Lucene Core and Apache Solr have already raised an warning, noting that the bug might be present in Java 6 as well.
The best book on programming for the layman is "Alice in Wonderland";
but that's because it's the best book on anything for the layman.