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Jsr-168 Portlet Development Simplified, Second Edition: Learning How to Develop Effective, Jsr-168, Portal Applications, Everything from the Genericpo Paperback – June 14, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: PulpJava; 2nd edition (June 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598729047
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598729047
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,649,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is definitely technical, but the writing style is very laid back, making it an enjoyable read.
mulan hu
When I got the book, I opened it up and started reading, and I couldn't believe that by the time I put the book down, I'd just gone through the first 100 pages!
Kit Kat
I just wanted to write a quick review, letting anyone that is interested in learning how to develop portlets that this is right book to pick up.
Stefan Mauer

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stefan Mauer on October 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
I just wanted to write a quick review, letting anyone that is interested in learning how to develop portlets that this is right book to pick up. There are a few portlet development books out right now, and many are quite good, but none make learning about portlet development as easy and as straight forward as this book does.

This book is very focussed. It does not go into Maven or ANT or CMS or anything peripheral that doesn't directly effect portlet development. Some people may not like that, but for me, I wanted to learn portlet development, and learn it as quickly as possible without having to download a bunch of peripheral technologies like Maven to get the examples to work. All of the examples in the book can be coded and compiled using just the JDK and a portal server - they're that straight forward and easy to code. Of couse, I used MyEclipse, but that's another story. The fact is, the examples are very easy to write, easy to deploy, and easy to understand.

Also, the book includes chapters on JSR168 frameworks like JSF Struts and Ajax, if you can call ajaz a framework. Apparently, earlier editions didn't include these examples, which I can believe, because it was in these sections that you could see the most typographical errors. Still, the examples were very effective at teaching you how the frameworks fit into a portlet application, and while there were a few more typos in the text than I'd like to see, there were not errors in the code, and everything deployed as promised.

Just an all around great book about learning portlet development. It's about time that a book like this got written about portlet development.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Chew on February 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
The contents are basic, relevant, follows the specification standard, and uses open-source softwares only which is suitable for those who are new to portlet and hence, I give it good marks but I hate it when the typesetting, such as the font size is too small for the example code, the margin by the spine is too narrow which made me pry the book open, and what's with the informal expression makes the message so redundant and verbose. For example, page 90, first paragraph of "Portlet Session and the PORTLET_SCOPE" with words like "moan and groan" and "Java Gods" seems so fictional.
The worst thing about this book is the sample chapters of story novels at the end of the book which padded it and being such a small-sized book shouldn't cost so much and I felt I had overpaid for it. The author's independent publication spoils it.
Overall, I give it a grade C, as the author's website looks far more appealing with information which initially drawn me to this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Greg on September 14, 2007
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This is a good introduction to portlets for the J2EE programmer. The chapters on Struts and JSF were very helpful. A little more detail on the way portals interact with portlets would be good (like a diagram showing the result of a single actionURL causing multiple renderURLs to be sent.)

Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kit Kat on January 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
I'm doing alot of portlet development, and I've struggled through a number of books and reference materials on the subject. I picked this book up because of all of the five star reviews it received, and I can tell you, I wasn't disappointed.

When I got the book, I opened it up and started reading, and I couldn't believe that by the time I put the book down, I'd just gone through the first 100 pages! It's just so easy to read, and the concepts are laid out in such a logical and sensible order. Every subject leads naturally into the next, and the very informal and conversation writing style of the book makes it very easy to read. It reads more like a conversation than a technical book, as though the author was right there with you, sharing his passion for the technology.

The examples are also very simple and straight forward, without any dependencies. So you can jump into one chapter and do all of the examples in it without having to jump back to a previous chapter or exercise. That's an important aspect of a technical book that is so often lost in todays reference manuals.

If you want to learn about how to develop portlets, or you have someone on your team that needs to learn the basics of portlet development, and learn it fast, this is the right book to get. You won't regret getting it. I didn't!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hiro Tujizawa on September 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
I work on a large development team that just moved from using BEA to using IBMs portal server. Obviously, we needed to learn about portlet devleopment, so we picked up a bunch of portal and portlet books that were available.

More is definitely better, and each of the books delivered good value, but no other portlet book on the market focussed so clearly and succinctly on developing portlets, and developing portlets using the JSR168 API.

For example, one of the IBM books on portlet development had only one chapter on the JSR168 API, and dedicated the rest to things like C2A and content management and personalization - all good things, but not enough of the portlet API. Other books tended to diverge into big discussions on Maven and other peripheral technologies that might be useful, but weren't directly attributable to portlet developmeint.

On the other hand, this book completely covers the JSR168 API. If you have a basic understanding of Servlets and JSPs, you'll have no problems understanding the chapters in the book - the content is really laid out well. Also, the examples in the book are all fairly simple and straight forward, with CODE THAT WORKS!!! The simple examples really help you focus on the concepts at hand, such as how the PortletSession works, how PortletPreferences work, and how a person can take advantage of Struts, JSF and even AJAX in their portlets.

I've made sure that all of the developers on the team have a copy of this book. It's an invaluable resource for anyone doing JSR168 portlet development.
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