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  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596007345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596007348
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #539,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Building and Deploying J2EE in the Real World

About the Author

Tom Marrs, a 20 year veteran in the software industry, is the principal and senior software architect at Vertical Slice, a consulting firm that designs and implements mission-critical business applications using the latest J2EE and open source technologies. Tom speaks regularly at software conferences such as JavaOne and No Fluff Just Stuff. He is an active participant in the local technical community, and served as president of the Denver Java Users Group.

Scott Davis is a senior software engineer and instructor in the Denver, Colorado area. He has worked on a variety of Java platforms, from J2EE to J2SE to J2ME (sometimes all on the same project). He is a frequent presenter at national conferences and local user groups. He was the president of the Denver Java Users Group in 2003 when it was voted one of the top ten JUGs in North America.


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As many O'Reilly publications, this book provides an excellent, easy read for the topic being covered.
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In the end you have a (simple) application that still demonstrates good architectural practices and the features of a full blown JEE application.
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The book could just as easily have been called J2EE Development with Hibernate, XDoclet, and Ant on JBoss.
Kenneth A. Kousen

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Michael Cohn on March 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
The subtitle for this book is "A Practical Guide." That subtitle is perfect. This is one of the most immediately useful and practical books I've read in a long time. I began using JBoss at the same time I started reading this book and I appreciated that the book started out with the relatively simple task of getting JBoss installed. However, while the book starts at an introductory level it doesn't stay there. It progresses through more advanced topics such as JMS, JavaMail, JAAS, and Web Services.

The writing is clear and enjoyable throughout. An extended example of a car dealer carries forward throughout the book. This helps the concepts fit together and build upon one another. JBoss at Work is highly informative and, as its subtitle promises, a practical guide. I highly recommend it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By calvinnme HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 21, 2006
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J2EE started out as a specification that left the implementation to each container vendor. It's readily apparent that two of the earliest vendors, WebSphere and WebLogic, implemented J2EE in vastly different ways. As a result, early books on J2EE or Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) frequently either avoided or severely limited the discussion of a specific server because the details were better referenced from server vendors' manuals. JBoss changed that picture. It is an open source Java-based application server which is freely downloadable, plus it is a certified J2EE server.

"JBoss at Work: A Practical Guide", aims to provide practical examples for using JBoss by showing a practical and complete example of a web application running on JBoss. The "JAW Motors" application supports a fictitious automobile dealership. Each chapter progressively adds a new J2EE technology that solves a specific business problem. Viewing cars on a website involves JSP pages and some form of persistence (JDBC or Hibernate). Performing a credit check sends a JMS message and an email response using JavaMail. Purchasing a car requires the transactional support of Stateless Session Beans. Sharing data from the JAW Motors inventory with other dealerships involves setting up Web Services, and so on. The authors' hope is that a coherent business application in action will hopefully give you a clearer idea of how the various layers interact, as opposed to a series of disjointed "Hello World" examples exercising each layer in isolation, and I think their concept worked out very well.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By J. Zhang on December 26, 2005
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I was looking for a guide for JBoss application server from a beginer's point of view (I have been working with Weblogic for several years but not JBoss) and bought this book since it was rated so high. However, after I finished reading the book, I felt very disappointed since this book talks so little for JBoss! Instead, it puts most of the content on J2EE programming, how to develop 3-tier application, and MVC framework etc. I am not buying this book to learn J2EE techniques!!! What I want to know is how JBoss is managing all its services, how to config different settings, what logging mechanisms are provided (general, JDBC, http, etc.), or how to tune the performance of a JBoss server. Unfortunately, thost topics are either just mentioned slightly (like logging in appendix B), or not there at all.

In summary, if you are a beginner for J2EE and want to start your development with JBoss, this book might be good for you. Don't expect to find more information of JBoss from it! I am a fan of O'Reilly books, but this one is not one of them!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DP on April 5, 2006
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This is probably the most practical book there is out there on the subject of JBoss. Some other books are basically a re-print of on line information.

If you are especially a new JBoss user this book is for you. The on line documentation seems to be too advanced for beginners.

That doesn't mean that this book only covers the basic. Once you go through this book you'll have a solid foundation for the basics and some of the advanced topics as well.

I think the authors did a great job. And it is true that they did their best to respond should you have questions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth A. Kousen on January 4, 2006
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I saw this book unexpectedly in a bookstore, sat down in the cafe to skim it, and wound up engrossed. It has since jumped to the top of my favorite development book list.

I teach software development for a living. I've never encountered a better demonstration of how all the pieces of J2EE fit together in a coherent application, all the while guiding the reader through the relevant architectural issues. I love the way it builds from a simple servlet/JSP app up through Hibernate, EJBs, JMS, JavaMail, and even web services. The book is witty and literate, and, to top it all off, the writers can code.

The fact that JBoss is in the title has caused some reviewers to focus on that aspect of the book, but in reality JBoss is just used as the free application server of choice. The book could just as easily have been called J2EE Development with Hibernate, XDoclet, and Ant on JBoss. Rather than worry about the details of all the specifications, the book concentrates on getting them to work together and demonstrate their capabilities.

I really enjoyed the book and highly recommend it for anyone trying to increase their server-side Java capabilities.
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