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on January 26, 2003
The purpose of "Java Enterprise Best Practices" is to assist Java developers in getting around the complexities, which are part of a typical enterprise system.
The neatly summarized chapters of this book harbour concise and comprehensive outlines, which should guide developers in designing and coordinating projects, using the Java Enterprise APIs.
Despite its small size, this book did a good job on JavaMail, JavaServer Pages, Enterprise JavaBeans, Performance tuning, JDBC, and RMI/CORBA. However, some users may not be satisfied with the rather short information it provided on both XML and Custom Tag Libraries.
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on January 21, 2003
... This is an outstanding book
that has plenty of gems in it. The chapter on servlets
alone is worth it, which is available for free on the book
web site. EJB and JSP chapters are also very good. But I'd
have liked to see more on XML and web services.
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on February 7, 2003
Nice practical tips for your daily work. Especially if you have to discuss your technical decisions with your managers and the other team members this book will give you a sound basis for your arguments.
The book consists of many small tips and advices but don't expect any kind of reference implementation.
For me the most useful chapters were JDBC Best Practices (i.e. how to use Optimistic Concurrency and implement a Sequencer object together with a very illustrative activity diagram) and Enterprise Internationalization. You pick the gems out of the text and use them immediately.
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on June 10, 2003
This book assumes you have prior knowledge of jsp/java. It's an excellent book especially for someone who needs to have some questions answered while developing an app, i.e how to perform connection pooling using JDBC 3.0. The information is short but precise ; at this level of development, this is what I need. Again, if you're looking for a detailed java book, get a different book. But if you're developing your first app and need a book that 'look over your shoulder', this is definitely the book.
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on August 21, 2003
Jason Hunter has done it again. His servlet chapter is simply awesome. He offers some really juicy bytes of information. Give the man more chapters. The other chapters are good too. I would give the book five stars but the Performance chapter is worthless. That came as a surprise because I enjoyed Jack Shirazi performance book.
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on March 24, 2004
An appetizer that leaves you hungry for more.
Patterns and best practices have been around for a long time. They solve problem domains not directly addressed by the language itself ie., repeatable solutions to family of application development issues -- be it architecture, deployment or testing. For a complex platform like J2EE, use of best practices can make or break a project.
Just what the doctor ordered - Java Enterprise Best Practices is a collection nuggets of wisdoms. It is a compendium of idioms classified based on various enterprise Java areas written the most acclaimed authors in the field (Jason Hunter, Bret McLaughlin, Hans Bergsten et al). Ranging from most widely used EJBs to the latest additions such as JMX and JSTL, each chapter presents the reader with most widely accepted norms of using technologies such as - EJB, Servlets, JDBC, XML, RMI, JMX, Internationalization, JSP, JavaMail. Chapters on XML and RMI are the best of the lot.
I was surprised to note the omission of JMS, given that its popularity when compared with other things such as JMX or JSTL. The last chapter on performance tuning lacks depth and reads more like hastily scribbled notes.
Can best practices be argued? Absolutely! The first chapter of the book says just that. It is important to bear that in mind while you read through the chapters.
While a seasoned J2EE developer idioms may find a few things trivial, it is quite a good reference to keep handy if you are developing real-life applications.
Ajith Kallambella
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on January 21, 2003
A nice surprise. The book is very J2EE and web application knowledgable.
A small part of the book had choppy flow--a few rough spots. Mostly (90%) of the book is well written. Generally the book is easy to follow even for a beginning J2EE developer but it helps to have the other O'Reilly java books.
My favorite chapters are the ones on sevlets and JSP. Not too sure about management API, but we don't use it.
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on March 12, 2003
Title: Java Enterprise Best Practices
First Edition December 2002
Author(s): The O'Reilly Java Authors
City: Sebastapol, CA
Publisher: O'Reilly
Published Date: December 2002.
ISBN: 6 36920 00384 7
Reviewer Name: Ravi Mahalingam ...
Review Date: 12 Mar 2003.
Overall value of the book:5
Instructional value of the book:4
Reference value of the book: 4
This book unlike other most books is made by Java
experts in their own field. the book assumes prior
knowledge of the topics and does not intend to take
a beginner from ignorance to knowledge.
this book is intended not for beginners but some
experts in the Java domain designing enterprise
level systems or even maintaining them for system
performance and ehancements.
The book is well written and all the potential
gotchas and the mistakes commonly done in application
design and development are outlined with appropriate
alternate solutions.
The book covers all aspects of java and ejb application
development and their best practices.
Overall, this a good book to have and will be used
by experienced java developers and the not so
experienced.
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on January 31, 2013
This book discusses really old technologies, but about 20% is timeless good information. I would suggest looking for a newer book that has similar material.
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on July 13, 2006
This book tries to be a compendium of best practices across a lot of Enterprise Java (JMX, Servlets, JSPs, XML, EJB etc.) and it does succeed quite well. With different authors writing different chapters you get quite an expert view into each area.

Nothing earth shattering here - a good book for those making the transition from programmer to developer or senior developer: stuff you really should know as you write and design your own modules.
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