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Product Details

  • Series: In Action
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications (March 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932394117
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932394115
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,812,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A great book . . . well written, relatively easy to follow, and about an interesting, timely product." -- Columbia Java User Group

"A great book about how to change the way you develop web applications." -- Javalobby.org

"An essential book to have . . . definitely worth the investment." -- Dr. Dobb’s Journal

"Definitely, it is not a ‘for dummies’ book." -- Java User Group Milano (Italy)

"There is no doubt that this IS the book you want." -- TheServerSide.com

About the Author

Howard M. Lewis Ship is the creator of Tapestry and remains the principal architect for the project. He has published two articles about Java web application development in The Java Report, is a member of the Apache Jarkata project management committee, and was recently nominated to become a member of the Apache Software Foundation. He lives in Quincy, Massachusetts.

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This book is very well written.
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To conclude, 'Tapestry in Action' is a great book about how to change the way you are developing web applications.
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Once you have done that, you will know why this book changed my approach to web development with Java.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert D. Zeigler on April 20, 2004
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Tapestry in Action is a well written book that covers a lot of ground and goes into great depth. As a newcomer to Tapestry, it provided me with a solid foundation of the underpinings of the framework. The explanations, at times, go into so much detail that it occasionally becomes difficult to see the forest for the trees. But if you're truly interested in how things work, you'll appreciate the detail. If you're looking for a book to hold your hand and baby you through development of a tapestry application, you might want to wait for another book, but if you want to gain a solid grasp and understanding of the framework, this book is a must have.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jesus M. Rodriguez on April 4, 2004
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Tapestry in Action is another great In Action book. It does a great job of explaining Tapestry with lots of examples. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to develop J2EE applications and needs an alternative to Struts, non-existent JSF, and standard Servlets.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By F. Gagnon on March 23, 2006
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this book is not well written. Tapestry is a new way of developing web applications and the author glance through way too many concepts that are essential to understand tapestry web development. For instance, OGNL is havily used by tapestry, but the author does not even bother to spend a little time explaining how it's been used by tapestry. I was left with a lot more questions on tapestry after reading this book. This book only serves as an introduction to tapestry and lacks full coverage. If you buy this book, you will have to spend a lot of time researching the net to find answers to basic question that (I think) should have been addressed by the book. Especially since the author is also the lead developer of Tapestry.

Also be aware that this book only covers Tapestry 3.0 and not 4.0
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jack D. Herrington on April 27, 2004
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Ship, and the folks at Manning, took some time on this one and it shows. The flow of the book, the examples, the code, and the use of sparing use of graphics combine to make this a high quality read that imparts information effectively.
The introduction is fairly brief (about 20 pages). The author doesn't spend a lot of time on background or comparing this framework to other similar technologies (one of the books few flaws). Then he gets into a simple Hangman example in chapter two which provides a good groundwork for understanding the material in the chapters that follow.
Chapter four, on HTML forms management, is a particularly fine chapter. Not only do the graphics augment the text well, the author adds bit of experiential non-Tapestry information. Like section 4.2.5 on enums which provides Java best-practice material in context, but which is not 100% relevant to Tapestry. I like to see that because all too often authors limit themselves too strictly to the topic and provide little valuable experiential material. This is especially true when they are discussing leading edge technology like Tapestry.
It's nice to see that Manning has also started picking up on some of the hallmark items of other notable publishers, like the condensed and well organized component reference in Appendix C. This type of material augments turns this introductory piece, into a long-term reference.
Definitely worth the buy if you are serious about using Tapestry as the basis for your Java web development.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By WJA DE VAAL on April 21, 2004
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I've been working with Struts for 3 years now and I've taken the radical step to use Tapestry in my projects in favor of Struts. I'm not going in to detail (see other reviews and the tapestry site for that), but suffice it to say, Struts was good while it lasted, but I'll never start a new project with struts ever again since Tapestry came into my life. It's just the next step on the evolutionary ladder and this book will help you take the climb easy enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TheLastAndTheCurious on May 18, 2007
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This books is just no longer relevant. Even when it was relevant (back in 2004), it was not a good way to start learning Tapestry. I would have preferred more barebones examples, rather than jumbling a bunch of stuff into a kitchen-sink "workbench".

There is no Manning book for Tapestry 4.x, which for a long while was the way to go. "Enjoying Web Development with Tapestry" is a good book, which is like set of heavy duty tutorials with mini-evolutions of the project during the chapter. It happens to mimic the way I learn things.

Now, Tapestry 5 is on the horizon, and it looks really good so far. Hopefully someone will release a book for entry-level Tapestry adopters, especially since Tapestry 5 is radically different than/incompatible with version 3 or 4.

The Tapestry mailing list is the best replacement for this book. You may also want to search the net for a free book on Apache Maven, which is the preferred method of building applications that use developmental versions of Tapestry 5.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bub hub on September 15, 2008
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This is a well written book, but it only addresses Tapestry 3. Tapestry 4 and 5 were each complete re-writes. The examples in this book will not work on later versions. I found it slightly useful in understanding some concepts when creating a Tapestry 4 project. Tapestry 5 is much improved, but this book will not help you with it at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Kolesnikov on December 10, 2005
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This book describes Tapestry 3, while Tapestry 4 will be hopefully released soon, in some aspects quite different from it's predecessor. But still, I would recommend this book to everyone who is going to use Tapestry and who wants to understand the framework. Because Howard, being the creator of Tapestry, shows the main ideas and principles around which the framework was built, and the most important of them do not change with a next release. They only become more efficiently expressed.

Having said that, I should warn that this isn't the best book for the complete Tapestry beginners. In a number of cases the author tries to speak at a beginner's level, but he obviously knows too much :) and cares too much for this.

However, there is a number of Tapestry tutorials available in the Web, and having started with them, you will definitely want to read this book.
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