John is a freelance consultant specializing in Enterprise Java, Web Development, and Open Source technologies, currently based in Wellington, New Zealand. Well known in the Java community for his many published articles, John helps organizations optimize their Java development processes and infrastructures and provides training and mentoring in open source technologies, SDLC tools, and agile development processes. John is principal consultant at Wakaleo Consulting http://www.wakaleo.com/ (http://www.wakaleo.com), a company that provides consulting, training and mentoring services in Enterprise Java and Agile Development.
This book is written with a Java developer audience in mind.
The second is Maven 2, which uses a powerful, declarative approach to project build management and goes much further than being a simple build tool.
This books consolidates distilled information in one place and organizes this info in a clear, easy to find form.
I found this book to be a very strong coverage of many tools, while not all may be applicable for your tasks it covers enough of them to be useful. Read morePublished on September 26, 2011 by K. Scott Klein
Its often frustrating trying to identify best of breed open-source tools, since the information on the web tends to be very fragmented, out-of-date etc. Read morePublished on August 16, 2010 by Roger Armstrong
The only problem of this book, that I can think of, is the title that does not give clear indication of the content. Read morePublished on May 1, 2010 by Will
Brilliant, used it twice at work, within the first couple of days (Ant scripting and SchemaSpy). The information it contains is current, relevant and concise. Read morePublished on November 23, 2009 by Paul Shields
As Indikos mentions in his review, this book "...is not about the Java language.." but it is an excellent resource for tools that will help you set up a controlled and productive... Read morePublished on January 23, 2009 by Bernardo Gomez Palacio
John Ferguson Smart's JAVA POWER TOOLS is a key foundation pick for any library strong in Java programming. Read morePublished on November 10, 2008 by Midwest Book Review
If you want to be efficients and productive as a Java programmer I highly recommend this book to you. Read morePublished on July 7, 2008 by Indikos
I was really surprized how much info is in this book, most of them is very useful for me and my team, with this book we can reach more automation in ours work ;-)Published on June 14, 2008 by M. Marzec
We are moving to hibernate on my project, so I bought several books to help introduce me to the subject. Read morePublished on June 11, 2008 by William R. Bullerman