Core Jini (2nd Edition)
||Author: W. Keith Edwards|
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Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR (28 December, 2000)
Sales Rank: 153,902
Average Customer Rating: 3.88 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 4 out of 5
Too big for a reference, but generally well structured
At just over 6cm (2.5 inches), it's a thick, heavy, book and the spine bends alarmingly as you read it. Despite this it's surprisingly readable, but I wouldn't want to carry it about with me.
This book covers Jini 1.1, and takes great pains to spell out everything you need to do compile and run the examples, as well as listing the code. It's comforting to see complete command lines for Windows and Unix in every case. There are code listings for all of the major areas and a couple of non-trivial worked examples but for a book this size there is not a lot of code. A working knowledge of Java and at least a passing acquaintance with RMI is assumed, but you don't need to know any Jini.
Most of the book is given over to a detailed discussion of the standard Jini services, and how to use them. Each service is covered at two levels - using the basic APIs and using Sun's supplied utility classes. There is also a lot of discussion of the complexities inherent in distributed systems, and how to use Jini to build robust, scalable "self-healing" networks. Scattered through the text are "Core Notes" which offer more detail or different perspectives on the material, and these are always interesting.
Too big for a reference, but a detailed and well-structured book to get you up to speed on Jini quickly and efficiently.
Rating: 3 out of 5
Won't teach you how to code it..but a good reference book
This book is horrible if you want to learn how to code JINI. The good points are the wonderful RMI primer in the Appendix, and nice explanations of what is actually going on for each aspect of a JINI network, chapter by chapter.
This book can serve as a nice conceptual reference when trying to understand JINI.
The wrox book on JINI is also very good, and good to learn the coding.
Also, don't expect any email to this author to be answered...
Rating: 4 out of 5
Great book but code breaks on two machines
This is a great book for learning JINI Technology. Also, the
author has a great web site to help you along. It's one of the
few books that has example code that mostly works. He simulates
a multi machine environment on one computer. However, his
example code breaks when you run the server-side code on one
Window 2000 computer and the client-side code on another
Window 2000 system (unfortunately, his book or web site
doesn't help you here and this would be the real world
environment for JINI Technology).
· JavaSpaces(TM) Principles, Patterns, and Practice
· Jini Example By Example
· A Programmer's Guide to Jini Technology
· JINI Technology: An Overview