Java Enterprise in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition
A Practical Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: November 2005
Pages: 896

Nothing is as constant as change, and this is as true in enterprise computing as anywhere else. With the recent release of Java 2 Enterprise Edition 1.4, developers are being called on to add even greater, more complex levels of interconnectivity to their applications.

To do this, Java developers today need a clear understanding of how to apply the new APIs, use the latest open source Java tools, and learn the capabilities and pitfalls in Java 2 Enterprise Edition 1.4 -- so they can plan a technology and implementation strategy for new enterprise projects.

Fortunately, this is exactly what they get with the new Java Enterprise in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition. Because most integrated development environments (IDE) today include API lookup, we took out the main API sections from our previous edition to make room for new chapters, among others, on Ant, Cactus, Hibernate, Jakarta Struts, JUnit, security, XDoclet, and XML/JAXP.

Revised and updated for the new 1.4 version of Sun Microsystems Java Enterprise Edition software, Java Enterprise in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition is a practical guide for enterprise Java developers.

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This remains the king of JEE

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Comments about oreilly Java Enterprise in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition:

This review is a little late, but this book remains my number one Java book. No other book will go into greater detail of how not only how to use JEE, but also the first choice frameworks that are typically used with it, such as: Hibernate, JSF, Struts, etc.

By now this book is outdated and contains references to frameworks that are not even available anymore like Cactus, but it is still an excellent reference book and can even help a newcomer "time travel" to see how Java has evolved.

I am hoping for a an update (please O'Reilly).

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Very good for specific needs - but......

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Comments about oreilly Java Enterprise in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition:

If you're a seasoned developer but are new to Java as a result of changing job responsibilities, this book is for you. It assumes you already know Java SE. It is one volume that you can go to in order to learn enough material to get work done on just about any enterprise related Java topic. In that, it's excellent!

Several chapters require you to read through too many paragraphs in order to get to the "meat", but that's OK. The "meat" is still there. Others have complained that the book is not "all-inclusive" which is an unfair criticism. That's not the book's purpose. If you want an all-inclusive discussion on each topic, pony up the cash to buy 10 or 12 seperate books specifically dedicated to each subject matter.

Now the but. And to me, it's a BIG but. This Nutshell book is excellent, but it is outdated. It desperately needs another edition, which I would gladly purchase. EJB 3.0 was not finalized at the time of this book's writing, and the book only covers Java EE 1.4. We're currently at Java EE 1.5 and alot has changed since then.

Notwithstanding that, I'd still recommend purchasing this book, but ONLY at a deep discount price.


enterprise everything in a nutshell

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Comments about oreilly Java Enterprise in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition:

"Java Enterprise in A Nutshell" preserves the spirit of the Nutshell series, but weighs in a t 837 pages. Each chapter covers a different technology in a nutshell. Many of J2EE technologies, such as EJBs and JNDI. Others are J2SE technologies, such as JDBC and XML. There are also chapters on open source tools including Struts, JUnit and Hibernate.

Each chapters aims to be both a short tutorial to the topic containing the most important details. It isn't a complete reference because it is a nutshell, but the chapters still serve as a reference for common tasks. The appendencies contain a more detailed reference on certain topics, such as EJB-QL.

The authors are good about walking you through configuration files and the steps to do common tasks. Conceptual topics and terminology are also included, such as the servlet lifecycle and J2EE security. There are many code examples throughout. In addition to noting best practices, the authors explain when techniques are debated among developers.

The book moves at a fast pace for beginners, but I recommend it for any experienced developers who want a tutorial on different technologies. The only downside is that so many topics are covered, the book can't go into enough depth on each one.

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