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JBoss: A Developer's Notebook [Kindle Edition]

Norman Richards , Sam Griffith
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Book Description

There's nothing ordinary about JBoss. What began as an open source EJB container project six years ago has become a fully certified J2EE 1.4 application server with the largest market share, competitive with proprietary Java application servers in features and quality. And with its dynamic architecture, JBoss isn't just a J2EE server. You can alter the services to make J2EE work the way you want, or even throw J2EE away completely.

After more than a million downloads, many JBoss users are no longer trying it out on internal test boxes, but rolling it out on production machines. JBoss: A Developer's Notebook takes you on a complete tour of JBoss in a very unique way: rather than long discussions, you will find code--lots of code. In fact, the book is a collection of hands-on labs that take you through the critical JBoss features step-by-step. You don't just read about JBoss, you learn it through direct practical application. That includes exploring the server's many configurations: from bare features for simple applications, to the lightweight J2EE configuration, to everything JBoss has in store-including Hibernate and Tomcat.

JBoss: A Developer's Notebook also introduces the management console, the web services messaging features, enhanced monitoring capabilities, and shows you how to improve performance. At the end of each lab, you'll find a section called "What about..." that anticipates and answers likely follow-up questions, along with a section that points you to articles and other resources if you need more information.

JBoss is truly an extraordinary application server. And we have an extraordinary way for you to learn it.

Editorial Reviews


"JBoss is the certified J2EE application server from JEMS (JBoss Enterprise Middleware System) and with JBoss: A Developer's Notebook you'll be able set up and manage your project in minutes. It takes a no-nonsense approach and is the practical guide to JBoss for developers. It's certainly the kind of book that you'll constantly have open on your desk, and to save time they've added in some coffee cup stains on the pages for you! Scribbled notes in the margin also add to the notebook theme, but they are actually useful asides to the main text, which makes it one of the most readable books on the subject. However, some sections might prove a bit lightweight for the coding hardcore." .NET, November 2005 "A daring format which works well, a style that lends to quick reading and progress, and an all-round enjoyable read. I look forward to other O'Reilly books in this series." - Mark Jones, news@UK, March 2006

About the Author

Norman Richards has developed software for a decade and has been working with code generation techniques for much of that time. He is an avid XDoclet user and evangelist. Norman lives in Austin, Texas.

Sam Griffith is an OO Architect/Developer/Mentor who has programmed OO systems since 1987. He has used Obj-C, C++, Smalltalk, Object Pascal, Object-Forth (Neon), CLOS and other OO systems.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1098 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (June 28, 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0026OR2IG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,110,559 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lot of material in a small volume... July 22, 2005
J2EE development is often seen as highly complex, and setting up the J2EE server from various vendors is nearly as bad. A good alternative to get running quickly is JBoss, a complete open source J2EE server which is designed to cut through all the complexity and vendor add-ons. A quick guide to get it running and working with it is JBoss - A Developer's Notebook by Normal Richards and Sam Griffith, Jr. (O'Reilly).

Contents: Installing and Running JBoss; Deploying an Application on JBoss; Creating a Complete Application; Connecting to a Real Database; Applying Security; Logging; Configuring Persistence; Managing and Monitoring JBoss; Rolling Out JBoss; Index

The Developer's Notebook series is a quirky format using a gridlined page with scribbled font text in the margins. You'll even find the occasional "water ring" on a page where a sweaty glass was set down. They're also small and to the point. It's not a step-by-step comprehensive tutorial, nor does it attempt to explain every last iota of information on the subject. It's a series of subjects followed by paragraphs of "How Do I Do That?" and "What Just Happened?" write-ups. This leads to a high degree of practicality and hands-on material.

Richards and Griffith have created a book that will be immensely useful to people who have some J2EE background or have worked with other J2EE servers before. By following the material, the reader can get the essentials necessary to start playing with JBoss in a matter of a couple of hours rather than days. If this is your very first exposure to J2EE, you won't get a lot of handholding here. There is the assumption of a certain level of background information.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars JBoss run-through July 20, 2005
This book takes you on a run through JBoss. Running at lightning speed through installation, building your first application, doing some simple persistence stuff through EJB (if there is simple EJB persistence), and then into monitoring, logging and performance work. Sounds like a lot, right? It's certainly is. Especially in just over 130 pages. Yes, read that again, 130 pages. So this book is super light on exposition. Expect to be taken on a lightning ride. And if that works for you. If that's not for you. If, for example, JBoss is your first Java environment, then I would look elsewhere.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Guide for Getting Started with JBoss and J2EE October 15, 2005
The book is a solid guide for getting started with JBoss. However, I would recommend this book to those who are looking to get started with J2EE development.

Obviously, you can't discuss JBoss without J2EE. The authors take you through a sample application from start to finish. This includes a wonderful overview of J2EE.

After this book, you should be able to delve into more complex topics related to J2EE and other application servers. I really wished this book was around before I started hacking J2EE on WebLogic, I would have chosen JBoss to begin my learning.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic into to how to use JBoss October 13, 2005
I love the format of these notebooks. Quick and good overview of what you need to know about several topics.

On to the specifics of this book. You get a great outline of what you can do with JBoss including some good introductory info on Java EE in general. Some will find the lack of detail irritating but its great for a quick overview of how the stuff is done 'in the real world'. For example in Chapter 3 aobut creating a 'real application' the topic of XDoclet is discussed but not in great detail (Norman Richards has a huge 350+ page book on XDoclet) leaving the (sometimes ardious) task of getting XDoclet working with ant as an exercise to the reader.

The authors do a great job of writing in an informal conversational way without being campy.

Specific Content:

1) Installing JBoss - everything you want to know about getting JBoss up and running. Any deficencies here are made up for in Chapter 9 on rolling out jboss.

2) Deploying Apps - the stuff you need to know about how to deploy, talks about auto-deploy and how to do exploded deployments.

3) Creating the complete app - I liked this chapter but I susspect that newbies will find the XDoclet stuff confusing. XDoclet is great and works like a champ but many people will wonder what is going on if they don't have previous XDoclet expierence.

4) Connecting to a real db - good stuff, esp liked the bit on monitoring. Lots of folks new to Java EE don't get that whole monitoring thing and this book talks about it a lot (in most chapters).

5) Secutiry - all you need to know to get started with secutring in JBoss, using LDAP & hashed passwords are covered which a lot of preliminary discussions seem to leave out.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fast and Dirty Introduction to JBoss August 4, 2005
Enterprise Java can be a mysterious world, and navigating the configuration files of JBoss can be daunting at first. This book gets you going with an in-depth example and helpful notes.
(...)It is no surprise that JBoss: A Developer's Notebook was a top seller at JavaOne 2005. I look forward to other titles in the Developer's Notebook Series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is great. Straight to the point.
Published 5 months ago by Sally C. Yu
1.0 out of 5 stars Out of date, written in 2005.
I was fooled by the kindle pub date, thinking this book was current because the date was 2009. But in reality, the book was written in 2005, making it too old to be relevant. Read more
Published on June 4, 2011 by Stuart Jesse
5.0 out of 5 stars Short and to the point
I never have the time to read all the technical books required in today's high tech world, so it's nice to see a book that cuts to the chase and give you the critical information... Read more
Published on November 4, 2008 by C. Clomera
4.0 out of 5 stars Great high level overview
"JBoss: A Developer's Notebook" is a great introduction to getting up and running on JBoss. Instead of just dumping code and mounds of text at you, it quickly walks through... Read more
Published on September 24, 2007 by Seth in Los Angeles
5.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet and excellent
This book is an example for all modern book writers to follow.

Most writers seem to want to write books weighing a few pounds, try to cover every conceivable topic and... Read more
Published on February 24, 2007 by Dorian Gray
4.0 out of 5 stars Great starter kit - gets down to the brass tacks
JBoss: A Developer's Notebook continues with the pragmatic appproach followed by the other books in the series. Read more
Published on January 5, 2007 by Terry W. Padgett
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on JBoss
Excellent book on JBoss, the book is a easy read covering the ins and outs of JBoss from writing your app to, securing and managing the container. Read more
Published on December 5, 2005 by Suresh K
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quick paced JBoss starter
If you are just now considering using JBoss then this is definitely the book for you. It covers the installation, configuration, and deployment of a J2EE application in a very... Read more
Published on December 5, 2005 by Michael
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for all
Well, I would say, it is pretty good. You feel like finishing this book off so quickly but at the same time imbibed enough information on JBoss. Read more
Published on October 26, 2005 by Honest
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Overview
This workbook touches on many different aspects of the JBoss application server. It is not for the advanced user, but for someone brand new to JBoss it's a great help in getting... Read more
Published on September 1, 2005 by Starboard Tack
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