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Java Database Best Practices Paperback – May 21, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0596005221 ISBN-10: 0596005229 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (May 21, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596005229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596005221
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,341,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

George Reese has taken an unusual path into business software development. After earning a B.A. in philosophy from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, George went off to Hollywood where he worked on television shows such as "The People's Court" and ESPN's "Up Close". The L.A. riots convinced him to return to Maine where he finally became involved with software development and the Internet. George has since specialized in the development of Internet-oriented Java enterprise systems and the strategic role of technology in business processes. He is the author of Database Programming with JDBC and Java, 2nd Edition and the world's first JDBC driver, the mSQL-JDBC driver for mSQL. He currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife Monique and three cats, Misty, Gypsy, and Tia. He makes a living as the National Practice Director of Technology Strategy for digital@jwt in Minneapolis.

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I am the CTO of enStratus Networks (, the leading cloud infrastructure management vendor for enterprise clouds. Based in Minneapolis, MN, I co-founded enStratus as a spin-off from a company in the middle of moving into the cloud, Valtira. I was the primary architect of the enStratus software as well as the Open Source cloud abstraction API for Java, Dasein Cloud (

My professional career began in Hollywood working on TV shows like the People's Court and ESPN Up Close, but my "Internet Career" started in 1991 developing Open Source online gaming software, specifically the Nightmare and Dead Souls mud libraries. I got involved with Java in 1995 and wrote my first book, Database Programming with JDBC and Java in 1996.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sisu on June 9, 2003
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This book hit the sweet spot for me: I had some knowledge of PL/SQL and database concepts already, and would classify myself as an "intermediate" Java developer. I'm almost done with this book, and it has been not only a pleasure to read, but it has really solidified my knowledge of what is important in database design. In a large workgroup setting, there's a tendency to focus on what has been mandated as the database programming API, so I found the author's overview of all major persistence approaches nice, providing some food for thought. I would say the performance tips, which often appear as boxed "Best Practices" throughout the book, are a key good feature of the book. I really like the author's style, which is clear and pragmatic. In the fashion of the famous 80/20 rule, he points out when there are differences in ways of doing things that exist, but don't make *that* much difference. My last observation will sound trivial, but to me it was another thing to like: the book is compact, a little more than half an inch thick, which makes it easy to just take with you whenever there's a bit of predictable downtime (commuting, lunch, etc).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Shane Kirk on September 17, 2004
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I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand I really liked the discussion of persistence models using J2EE. It was a great tutorial on the various options a J2EE developer has when dealing with databases. On the other hand, I'm disappointed that there wasn't more lower level type discussions. I ended the book feeling as if the "best practice" in Java database development is to avoid direct database development altogether and let an application server deal with it for me.

I develop standalone client/server type database applications more than anything else. I very rarely touch an application server. And unfortunately, only 2 or 3 chapters in this book were useful to me. Everything else was application server specific.

If you're doing straight JDBC development, skip this book and go for a pure JDBC book, as you'll not really get anything new or useful here. If you develop web applications, this book is definitely right up your alley.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jason on June 9, 2003
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JDO or EJB? JDBC? BMP or CMP? EJB BMP with JDBC and JDO on a RDMS?
Have you ever been caught up in the alphabet soup of Java database programming APIs? Have you ever questioned which approach might be best suited for your particular application? Sure you pride yourself on your skills in crafting some pretty mean EJBs, but is that the best path to head down with your latest project? O'Reilly's new book "Java Database Best Practices" attempts to answer these questions and more.
For such a relatively thin book (267pp), it touches on a wealth of topics vital to the subject at hand. Reese lends his insights concerning database architectures, database design, transaction management, and persistence methods using JDBC, EJB, and JDO. While this isn't intended to be an introductory tome, you are also not expected to be proficient with all these APIs. As such, the latter third of the book contains tutorials on relevant J2EE APIs, JDBC, JDO, and SQL.
Reese does not exhaustively go into detail on every topic, each of which could probably warrant its own book. Rather he arms us with just enough information to make informed decisions about which method might best serve our applications. Aside from merely determining which set of APIs might be best suited in a given situation, Reese also points out several "best practices" to help guide us in design and implementation (for example, "use join tables to model many-to-many relationships").
I do have a couple of small complaints about the book. For one, "best practices" are highlighted throughout the text, but they are not enumerated or indexed in any manner. An enumerated list of these "best practices" would be welcome. Secondly, MVC purists will likely cringe at the JSP examples.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 14, 2003
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This book has the potential to become a "must have" book in a future edition. But the current edition has the feel of a book that was rushed to press without really being ready. Some of the best practices are not well explained or even explained at all. Occasionally, they are not worded carefully enough or even seem to contradict each other. The syntax errors (which are more common in the tutorial chapters) highlight this rushed feel.
Overall, though, I think the book has useful content, and I learned some neat stuff from it. I'm hoping that another, more carefully written and reviewed edition gets published.
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