Java Power Tools
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: April 2008
Pages: 912

All true craftsmen need the best tools to do their finest work, and programmers are no different. Java Power Tools delivers 30 open source tools designed to improve the development practices of Java developers in any size team or organization. Each chapter includes a series of short articles about one particular tool -- whether it's for build systems, version control, or other aspects of the development process -- giving you the equivalent of 30 short reference books in one package.

No matter which development method your team chooses, whether it's Agile, RUP, XP, SCRUM, or one of many others available, Java Power Tools provides practical techniques and tools to help you optimize the process. The book discusses key Java development problem areas and best practices, and focuses on open source tools that can help increase productivity in each area of the development cycle, including:

  • Build tools including Ant and Maven 2
  • Version control tools such as CVS and Subversion, the two most prominent open source tools
  • Quality metrics tools that measure different aspects of code quality, including CheckStyle, PMD, FindBugs and Jupiter
  • Technical documentation tools that can help you generate good technical documentation without spending too much effort writing and maintaining it
  • Unit Testing tools including JUnit 4, TestNG, and the open source coverage tool Cobertura
  • Integration, Load and Performance Testing to integrate performance tests into unit tests, load-test your application, and automatically test web services, Swing interfaces and web interfaces
  • Issue management tools including Bugzilla and Trac
  • Continuous Integration tools such as Continuum, Cruise Control, LuntBuild and Hudson
If you are a Java developer, these tools can help improve your development practices, and make your life easier in the process. Lead developers, software architects and people interested in the wider picture will be able to gather from these pages some useful ideas about improving your project infrastructure and best practices.

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Hits the Nail on the Head

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Java Power Tools provides a fairly detailed introduction to a number of tools for Java programmers. It fits nicely between the O'Reilly Hacks series and having a dozen books like Ant: The Definitive Guide. Like the Hacks books, Java Power Tools provides an introduction to a bunch of tools. The Hacks books are great for answering the question "I've heard of that tool, but where does it fit?" But whereas the Hacks books provide just an appetizer, this book provides a main course, enough to get seriously started with the tool being discussed. And then, if you want all the gory details, a Definitive Guide could provide the full five-course meal.

The selection of tools presented was really good, at least for me. For example, I know about continuous integrations servers, but I haven't set one up. At one client site, they were using Hudson, which I had some exposure to, but didn't know much about the others like Cruise Control, Continuum, and Lunt Build. Similarly, I've been using JUnit 3.x for years, but I didn't really know what was different in JUnit 4 or how that compares to TestNG. This book provided me with a great overview of these and other tools. Java Power Tools provides a great way to get up to speed with a general area of tooling (e.g., continuous integration servers) or a good cross-section of the majority of the Java tools in use today.

If I had to pick something to complain about, it would be Part II - Version Control Tools. These aren't really Java tools, although every programmer (Java or otherwise) should be using them. Or given the decision to include version control tools, I'd suggest excluding CVS because it's old and including at least one distributed version control tool like Mercurial (used by the Open JDK project and NetBeans) or git (used by the Linux kernel).

So, in conclusion, unless you have no free will about tool selection or you already know all of these tools backwards and forwards, I highly recommend this book to almost any Java programmer.

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Enhancing Java Productivity

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The Java virtual machine come with many, mostly unpublicized, productivity tools; there are also tons of open source and vendor tools to enhance productivity.

It is a constant challenge for new, or seasoned, developers to have a grasp on suitable productivity tools to maximize Java code performance and quality. Most developers surrender to the flood of information and resign themselves to a select set of tools and avoid experimenting.

Java Power Tools does the job of covering the more robust sets of tools and giving you the ability to make an informed decision on what can work for you.

It can be a pain to individually research the tools and set them up in your development environment only to find that it may not work for your requirements.

Consider this book as doing the grunt work and giving you the ability to make a decision on which tools to invest your valuable time resource.

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