CodeNotes for J2EE: EJB, JDBC, JSP, and Servlets
||Author: Gregory Brill|
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Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks (02 January, 2002)
Sales Rank: 63,854
Average Customer Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 3 out of 5
Don't use without checking the online errata!!
Good idea, poor accuracy - the online errata page could fill a small chapter!! For a book which condenses (complex?) 'tekki' info like J2EE into a readable, understandable, and USEABLE 'guru' reference, accuracy REALLY counts!! Without updating your copy from the online errata, you could easily 'be pulling your hair out' for quite a while by following the instructions found in here. Also, I was surprised at their comments regarding the recent migration of their website from J2EE to .NET. One of their listed reasons was "...and the drag-and-drop method of web development.(for .NET)". Wow!! For people who sell 'technical guru how-to' books, this sounds a bit like taking advanced painting lessons from teachers who 'paint by numbers'!! Call me 'antiquated', but I think that their website should reflect the technical competence that they purport to publish.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Small profile yet gets right to the point!
This book was a real pleasure to own. The book is small enough to fit in my notebook computer bag and contains essential reference information, so that I could write some prototype code within an hour or two. My leather computer bag now has an imprint of this book, which I don't mind because of the confidence it gives me to know it is available.
The book covers all the essential information needed to install the J2SE, J2EE and TomCat environment in Windows. There was little more than references to installations for Solaris and Linux. Most folks with UNIX experence shouldn't have much problem setting up the environmental variables.
An annoyance with this book is that Chapter 4 attempts to cover topics with JavaMail, RMI, COBRA, JNDI with little content. The chapter appears to be an aborted attempt since it is only 3 pages long. These topics should just be placed in a glossary.
I am also really pleased with the publishers profile for this series of books. Most publishers of these books tend to go for quantity over concise reference material. This is a big relief compared to "Java for the Web with Servlets, JSP and EJB" which is 976 pages (a big 4 lb red brick).
Rating: 5 out of 5
Gets Right to the Point
I like this book very much because it gets right to the point. Sometimes when reading through massive programming books, I find myself wondering how relevant the current topic is. Is this really something that is widely used in the real world, or is this fluff? Every page of this book contains just the important stuff with no filler.
The section on EJB may have even been a bit too consise. Enterprise Java Beans is a very complicated topic that is difficult to give a short summary of. Even so, it's nice to have a well-written book that explains how the whole of J2EE hangs together. (I have another book about EJB).
I hope that smaller technical books become the trend. I'd much prefer a consise 250 pager over a 1000 page book that has no focus.
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