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POJOs in Action: Developing Enterprise Applications with Lightweight Frameworks 1st Edition
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What's nice about this book is that it goes beyond the basics of the likes of Spring that most people have read several times already (e.g. explaining what dependency injection is) and actually shows how it obviates the need to run in an EJB container and do JNDI look ups. You don't just get to read about, e.g. lazy and eager loading, the author shows you how to use Hibernate and JDO to implement those strategies. That said, this book is not a replacement for documentation or specialised references, so it doesn't get too bogged down. Particularly helpful is that the author provides pros and cons for each of the different approaches he advocates, which helps put them into perspective.
The focus of the book is on using Object Relational Mapping tools, either Hibernate or JDO, in combination with Spring's dependency injection and AOP-based interceptors for transactions.Read more ›
If the same thing happened today, I would unreservedly send POJOs In Action.
Chris Richardson tackles a very difficult task, surveying an entire movement rather than just a single framework or standard. In my opinion he succeeds wonderfully. Because of the experience and sound judgment that informs his analysis, the result is a trustworthy guide to what is still fairly wild territory. There are without doubt omissions in his coverage, and experienced readers will notice them. I don't consider these complaints significant, because in my opinion they misunderstand the intended audience of this book.
I'm not sure exactly how this book will find its way to its correct audience (working software developers who DON'T know Spring, Hibernate, and/or Domain-Driven Design), but really I hope it does. Chris' text is engaging, confident, well-reasoned, and compelling. Hopefully it will help a whole cadre of developers come up to speed quickly.
This book is a practical guide to using the new lightweight frameworks with POJO's (Plain Old Java Objects). It gives you an overview of Hibernate, JDO and Spring. More important, is that it defines the features of each with relation to the others. That in, for this kind of thing use this one, and for that kind of thing, use that one.
It's clear that Mr. Richardson has used these programs to develop real applications and he shares his knowledge well.
This is a book that gives back proportionally to the effort you put into it. As with most books that provide a thorough coverage of their subject, different readers should approach it in different ways. Experienced architects and senior developers already on the POJO bandwagon may find the greatest benefit in comparing a competing framework to the one they currently use with the help of copious examples implemented in each of the major frameworks covered. The many named idioms can help them better explain challenging concepts to the rest of the team.
Developers who are still maintaining old-style EJB applications should take the time to go through the examples to fully appreciate the benefits of the lightweight approach and prepare themselves for the inevitable adjustment in their toolset.
Finally, the book discusses testing java persistence in some detail which fits well with the increasingly more popular Agile practices such as Test-Driven Development.
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the book lightly covers the use of pojo in spring, ejb, hibernate, and jdo. the coverage of each topic is like say 30-40%. Read morePublished on December 3, 2011 by anonymous
This book is a rare find. It is completely practical, teaching you what you need to know to use Spring and Hibernate (or JDO). Read morePublished on July 31, 2011 by doodaddy
Despite the fact that it was written a few years ago, it is no less valuable today in helping developers understand how to create an application architecture using the Domain Model... Read morePublished on December 28, 2009 by Rohit Paul
I'm a bit late with my rating for this book, to be precise 3 years too late. Nevertheless I leave 5 stars today for it. Read morePublished on April 15, 2009 by Darya Said-Akbari
With simple descriptives words and plain-text explanations this book shows many simple but practical ways of designing and implementing j2ee solutions using POJOs with those great... Read morePublished on December 2, 2007 by Wallace Chan
Got the book alle the way up to ice-cold Norway in no time. The packing was a bit ripped up; probably due to ice-bear attack.Published on April 15, 2007 by Henrik Solberg
I won't repeat what other reviewers already said.
The book is explains very good how to build enterprise apps using the pojo frameworks like spring, hibernate, jdo. Read more
POJOs in Action describes how POJOs and lightweight frameworks such as Spring, Hibernate, JDO, iBatis make it easier and faster to develop testable and maintainable applications. Read morePublished on January 22, 2007 by B. S. Meera
Honestly I think this book is a little out of date, since the EJB 3.0 spec has come out. The author did go back and change some of the text to acknowledge that the EJB 3. Read morePublished on January 3, 2007 by Hugh Watkins