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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR (June 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131480103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131480100
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,016,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

"Need to learn J2EE? J2EE 1.4: The Big Picture is a must-have guide that is both enjoyable and educational. I highly recommend it."

--Peter van der Linden, software consultant and author of Expert C Programming, Not Just Java, and Just Java


"Anyone working with J2EE needs this book. You can get the details and the code examples from a lot of other places, but this book provides the essential under-standing of all the parts and how they work together."

--Simon Roberts, author of the Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE Technology Certification Exam and Study Guide


"I've ordered copies of J2EE 1.4: The Big Picture for everyone in my department. Not only because it's the most understandable technical book I've ever read, but because my review copy keeps disappearing from my office."

--Larissa Carroll, manager, BEA Systems


"If you're tired of technical books that are all about the details and don't tell you how the whole thing works, you want this book. There's absolutely nothing else like it."

--Patricia Parkhill, managing editor, Sun Microsystems


"I like it very much. It definitely paints a clear picture of the whole J2EE thing. It's a book I'd recommend to J2EE developers of any skill level."

--Dirk Schreckmann, JavaRanch Journal Editor and Sheriff in the JavaRanch Big Moose Saloon


"This book gives me a headache, because on just about every page I'd slap myself in the head and say 'That's it?!? That's what all the mystery is about?!' Now I feel like I'm in the know. I might not be able to code this stuff yet, but I sure get what's going on now."

--Floyd Jones, senior technical writer, BEA Systems


"This book makes J2EE seem so easy. The informal, friendly tone of the book is extremely helpful. It made me understand the beans stuff, CMP and BMP, with-out any effort at all. In fact, it is frighteningly perfect and uncomplicated. I think the book is also just the right one for managers, project managers, and other non-techies who interact with J2EE developers."

--Manish Hatwalne, Software Consultant, Circus Software LLC


"I love J2EE 1.4: The Big Picture. I love how it breaks down a big thing, like J2EE services and architecture, into smaller digestible chunks. And once in the micro topic, the explanations are so easy to absorb. The explanations do build on top of each other, making--dare I say it--a big picture. And I FINALLY GET TRANSACTIONS!"

--Jeannie Saur, documentation specialist, Trimble Navigation Limited


"I would recommend this as a good beginner's reference for J2EE, or for anyone looking for a supplement for an advanced J2EE course."

--College Java instructor



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About the Author

Solveig Haugland is a technical writer and instructor. She knows what it's like to sit through hours of tech gibberish that make absolutely no sense. She would sooner drink a vial of really vile poison than put stuff into this book like "session beans reify the enduring business processes of your enterprise." Without a suitable explanation, at least.

Mark Cade is a member of Sun Professional Services. This is the same group that brought you John Crupi, Deepak Alur, and Dan Malks of Core J2EE Patterns fame. Mark's been with Java since the beginning and works on big J2EE projects for a living. He's also the coauthor of the Sun J2EE architect exam and the architect exam study guide.

Anthony Orapallo is a technical instructor and has taught a variety of Java topics, including Sun's Enterprise JavaBeans course. He knows what it's like to be up there in front of a class explaining just what the Home interface is, so he knows how to teach.



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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Pen Name on March 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book reminds me of Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates' Head First Books. Cute easy to remember monikers. Just like the title says "the big picture...", and that's what they deliver! A very nice broad coverage of J2EE technology and concepts. If you don't have a clue what J2EE is about, they do a wonderful job of easing you through it without any code samples. The book is not at the level of Head First Series but the topics were nicely broken down, with a casual informal style of delivery and plenty of illustrations and pneumonics. For a small book, it has a lot of info.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Brandabur on November 30, 2004
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You know how most java books go from Hello World directly to Now Write Your Own Banking System From Scratch?

Not so here. Haugland & co. illuminate the concepts crucial to understanding this new revision of the language so you can actually make use of the platform without spending forever wading through code samples.

It will make your job easier.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Batten on August 14, 2004
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I am a nongeek in the J2EE world and have finally found a book that tells me what I actually need to know. I feel I have a much better grasp of J2EE, EJBs, Jsps, and so on now that I have The Big Picture. There's a lot of good high level information on the point of J2EE, the "from the beginning" rationale that doesn't get enough play. There are some code

examples showing how you put together EJBs, some examples of JSPs and servlets, but in general the book doesn't go off the deep end with too much technical detail. (Which is where the other books lose me.) There is also a very informative chapter on Web services that a nice explanation of how they work, plus what they're good for and some disadvantages.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Balaji Loganathan D on September 15, 2004
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Whether you are an expert in Java or not, this book will tell you what exactly you want to learn and know about J2EE.

This is a must have book for anyone who is working as a Java programmer.

You will learn all the J2EE concepts, which you will not get even if you go for a 3-day intensive training on J2EE.

I very much enjoyed every chapter of this book even though some topics have been repeated. This book explains all the components under J2EE in a very simple but effective way. Each chapter also has a brief summary of what it's going to cover and its also addressed well later. Java Server Faces is not covered.

Best book to buy and read when you have free time or on the journey.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By floydjonz on March 16, 2005
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Technology is a nasty business that revolves around inside secrets, secret handshakes, winks, nods, and superiority complexes, and it manifests itself as acronym soup cooked up by people who have more Star Wars action figures than real friends. Thank GOD for this book, I say. It gives you brilliantly clear (and necessarily simple) explanations of J2EE concepts and shows how all the pieces relate to each other. What's even better is that the book gives you a mental framework to catch and categorize the perpetual deluge of acronym soup being dumped on you. I know the concepts will even help me understand the pieces of (dare I say it) .NET once I dive into that mess. If you're gonna spend even 5 more minutes in the software world, you owe it to your own sanity to get, read, and share this book.

And yes, it's funny, but not in a distracting way. I mean, come on. Even if you don't share the same sense of humor, anybody who doesn't appreciate some kind of lightness in the face of something like J2EE needs to just lock themselves up in their room and play with Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewy.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By M. Habibi on August 19, 2004
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This book does an excellent job of introducing the higher level concepts and guidelines of J2EE architecture. It's well written, clear, accurate, and welcoming. I've already bought copies for friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 16, 2006
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Sun does a lot of things right with their Java products, but one thing they do wrong is in how they name their versions of Java. J2EE 1.4 is an environment that allows you to do very many things. Short for Java 1.(2) Enterprise Edition, it is a set of tools used to write large, distributed applications, although from the name, it is hard to discern that fact. Since distributed applications have many parts, simply understanding how those parts can be put together is a major undertaking. This book is designed to give the reader a broad overview of J2EE, the various components and what each is used for.

There is very little code in the book. What does appear is skeletal and easy to understand. The premise is that Antoine is starting an online gourmet pizza business after being successful in selling locally. His online component is wildly successful and before long he realizes that he must scale his online business dramatically upward. The current structure of his website does not allow for rapid and efficient expansion, so his online business is in danger of collapsing under the weight of his success.

The book is designed to be an overview of the different ways the components of J2EE can be used to create an application server. It is not in any way meant to be an in-depth technical manual, the goal is to explain the components of J2EE in a way that non-technical people can understand. That goal is successfully met, there is never a time where the authors rise to a technical level beyond that of someone who understands how software operates.

If your goal is to learn the overall use of J2EE in creating large distributed systems, then this is the book for you. However, if you possess some technical knowledge, then it will probably not be interesting or challenging.
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