Java EE 7 Developer Handbook
By Peter A. Pilgrim
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: September 2013
Pages: 634

In Detail

The seventh edition of the Enterprise Java platform is aimed at helping Java engineers take advantage of the advancements in HTML5 and web standards. Web Sockets, asynchronous input and output with Servlets, and strong type safety through the CDI containers will ensure that Java EE 7 remains popular for server-side applications.
If you are a user aiming to get acquainted with the Java EE 7 platform, this book is for you.

"Java EE 7 Developer Handbook" provides a solid foundation of knowledge for developers to build business applications. Following the lead of Agile practices, there is a focus on writing tests to demonstrate test-driven development principles, using the embedded GlassFish 4.0 container examples and the Gradle build system. You will learn about CDI, EJB, JPA, JMS, MDB, Servlets, WebSocket, JAX-RS, Bean Validation, and so much more.

"Java EE 7 Developer Handbook" is designed as a companion to the professional software developer who quickly needs to lookup some working code, understand the basics of the framework, and then go out and fulfill the business contract with the customer. Typically, engineers are under pressure to develop professional code that is of high quality and contains a low number of bugs. Java EE 7 Developer Handbook relies heavily on the Arquillian framework to illustrate how much easier it is to write Java EE tests, and together with the modern practice of writing containerless applications that actually embed an application container, developing agile Java EE suddenly becomes reasonable, smart, pragmatic, and achievable.

You will start off with an overview of the Java EE platform: the containers, the design, and architecture. From there, you can follow the path of the CDI, the true gem of the framework, and then the server side end point, EJB. It is completely up to you when and if you want to learn about Java persistence. However, don’t miss out on the highlights of Java EE 7 such as WebSocket, Bean Validation, and asynchronous Servlet API.

"Java EE 7 Developer Handbook" is a vertical slice through standard Java enterprise architecture. If you have been wondering why developers have invested so much time and effort into learning topics such as Enterprise Java Beans, you will quickly understand why when you find out the difference between stateful and stateless Beans. Best of all, this book covers the topic from the perspective of new API and new modern practices. For instance, you, the developer and designer, are expected to write applications with annotations in comparison with J2EE. Java EE 7 Developer Handbook incorporates helpful hints and tips to get the developer up to speed in a short amount of time on EJB, CDI, Persistence, Servlet, JMS, WebSocket, JAX-RS and Bean Validation, and much more.

"Java EE 7 Developer Handbook" is the reference guide you need beside you at your desk.


"Java EE 7 Developer Handbook" is an example based tutorial with descriptions and explanations.

Who this book is for

"Java EE 7 Developer Handbook" is for the developer, designer, and architect aiming to get acquainted with the Java EE platform in its newest edition. This guide will enhance your knowledge about the Java EE 7 platform. Whether you are a long-term Java EE (J2EE) developer or an intermediate level engineer on the JVM with just Java SE behind you, this handbook is for you, the new contemporary Java EE 7 developer!

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Comments about oreilly Java EE 7 Developer Handbook:

Being defined as a developer handbook, this book goes beyond its definition. It contains detailed description for each included technology. Each topic is provided with code examples, which are discussed in details. Many discussed topics are appropriately illustrated by schemes, tables and diagrams.

The book language is clear and precise. Author managed to explain advanced topics easily, in a few relevant words. Such features as cross references, recalling of software engineering definitions, highlighting of new and important words, tip and warning sections add value to the book objective, which is to help people in working with Java EE technologies.

Also, the book is written to be interesting and easy for reading. I like these smart quotes in the beginning of each chapter and a historical review for each of discussed technologies.
Now test driven development is considered as a very advantageous approach for each project, and this methodology is used through the book. Author shows how to implement functional and integration tests for each of described technologies in easy and effective way.

Usage of Gradle for building the book examples might be a challenge, as it is not so widely used as Ant or Maven. But, from other hand, it is a good chance to master this advanced build technology.

It seems a bit confusing that the "Advanced Topics in Persistence" chapter is not placed together with other chapters related to persistence, and some important persistence topics are placed in the appendix.

In general, I think that this book can be a really useful resource for all developers, who are interested in studying and using Java EE platform, especially the server-side technologies. Even better is that such a comprehensive guide book appeared only few months after the Java EE 7 release date.

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