J2EE Developer's Handbook
||Author: Paul Perrone, Venkata S.R., Tom Schwenk|
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Publisher: SAMS (09 June, 2003)
Sales Rank: 11,944
Average Customer Rating: 4.62 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 3 out of 5
This book is good buy but I want more from it....
I have learned a lot about JNDI through this book. But the problem I see is that there was no coverage about JNDI and Microsoft Active Directory. In fact I was able to learn about JNDI through this book but then had to surf the web on how to use JNDI with Active Directory. Had the authors included a large section on Active Directory with JNDI I would have given this book 5 stars.
The CD that comes with the book is wonderful. Even though you can download all the material on the CD it was nice having MySQL, Ant, Apache Tomcat and other material on the CD. For now this is probebly the best book on J2EE 1.4 but I learn from examples and this book could have included a lot more examples. Again, if the book had more examples I would have given the book 5 stars.
Rating: 2 out of 5
Expected something different
I bought this book based on the excellent reviews it had. I expected to learn J2EE (more specifically EJB, as I know most of the other related technologies). This book failed to really teach me much. When learning something, I am more concerned with the how and why, than with the the presentation of many API's, and then having to proceed from there making decisions regarding application contstruction in my development. Although it might sound like I was actually looking for a book on J2EE (or EJB) design, this is not the case. I simply want to understand the technologies that I am working with, and the motivations for using them in specific scenarios. As a reference material, I would probably give the book 4 to 5 stars. It is a book I can keep as an excellent reference of just about any J2EE related API, but I will have to buy another book in order to get a better understanding of the technologies I wanted to learn, like EJB. From the reviews it sounded like the authors actually succeeded in covering in-depth such a wide range of topics in one text. In my opinion, I think that it is maybe still just too much to cover for one book (if you really want to explain the how's and why's of everything).
Rating: 5 out of 5
I recommend this book to developers at any level who want to learn about J2EE. The authors did a great job at describing all of the meat inside J2EE. I was very happy with how thorough they were in covering each API in detail. Many J2EE books miss covering something that is imporant or gloss over some details. I wanted a book that covered everything even thoguh I wouldn't be needing to know it all right away.
Take a look at the table of contents and see what I mean. I can say that all of the content is carefully described and they provide diagrams illustrating the J2EE structure and code examples showing how to use each API. True to its name, it is my handbook for J2EE that I keep with me at work and on the road and so I wanted to give them a good review for a job well done. My only drawback is that the code for the J2EE 1.4 reference implementation needs to update the build scripts. But I sent an e-mail to one of the authors and he responded saying that the J2EE implementation changed and the code should work but they would send me and update their web site with the new reference implementation scritps. Since I am only using the code and the code works it was no big deal for me. I was pretty impressed that the author even responded to my e-mail since most don't.
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