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Beginning Java EE 6 with GlassFish 3 (Expert's Voice in Java Technology) 2nd ed. 2010 Edition
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The answer to that question for me is mixed, but Beginning Java EE 6 with GlassFish came through in helping me make the evaluation. I didn't need a soup to nuts definitive guide, but a book with some breadth to be able to evaluate the platform without having to become an expert in the process. It provides enough material in each major subject area to get a simple but non-trivial example program running. In fact the chapters on JPA are fairly comprehensive and could be a nearly complete reference for building out a small to medium admin interface for a database.
It is definitely a "Beginning" book for seasoned EJB and JSF developers, as they will likely not find enough new material to warrant purchasing the book. I would not say this book is appropriate for programming beginners in general, or even experienced programmers migrating to server side Java for the first time. (Perhaps 'Introducing' in place of 'Beginning' would have conveyed this better). It can be daunting to simply set up the requisite software packages before you can create your first entity class or session bean. Author Antonio Goncalves does an excellent job outlining the necessary setup steps, and doesn't leave out important aspects, such as assuming the reader already has the JDK installed.Read more ›
The author presents the most dense information at the beginning of the book. The first chapter is extremely hard to read. Even after reading it three times, I didn't get much out. The author is clearly very knowledgable, but doesn't seem to have the knack for communicating this information to a beginner.
2. This is supposed to be a "Beginners...." book but it has no information about how to set up a Maven POM and how to run it.
3. They don't even list the import statements of the examples so you are forced to search for what will make the code compile.
4. The code in the book does not match the code in the source download; which to use? I tried both and neither worked.
5. Why isn't there peer review of books like this to keep us from spending money on worthless BS that does not reflect reality, does not work, and has no instructions on setting up an IDE?
6. I notice that all the GREAT reviews of the book must be from friends of the authors, because they discuss nothing about actually working through the book examples, which do not work.
7. I have been writing Java code since Beta 2 (1995) and have been to 5 JavaOne conferences; I spent 3 days unsuccessfully trying to get the example code to work in Chapter 2. 'Nuff said about these authors who apparently just want to make a fast buck on new technology. I am not wasting my time with the rest of this POS.
8. How the hell can an author with his credentials sleep at night knowing that what he is selling is BS?
If you want to see a real JEE 6 app written by the author see:
To make things more complicated, I picked it up right after having finished another book that was written with a slightly more eye-pleasant font. When I saw these squeezed sentences in every chapter's opening section, my first reaction was to not come back to it until I'd really have to. At the long last, with no other books about Java EE 6 on my bookshelf, I had no choice as to have encouraged myself to give it a try regardless of the pain I was suffering from.
I finally began the reading. I promised myself not to have spent much time with the chapters I didn't like. The reading trail started off with the very beginning of the book up to and including the chapter 1 "Java EE 6 at a glance", skipped the chapters 2-5 about Java Persistence (since I had already read an entire book devoted to the topic - "Pro JPA 2: Mastering the Java Persistence API" from Apress), jumped into the reading of the chapters 6-9 about EJB 3.1, skipped the chapters 10-12 about JavaServer Faces (JSF) 2.0 and carried on the reading through the chapter 13 about JMS and EJB MDB, the chapter 14 about JAX-WS and JAXB, the chapter 15 JAX-RS to eventually have come back to the chapters 10-12 about JSF2.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I used to program In java around 1.4 / J2EE. I am know revisiting the platform and wanted a refresher and thought this book was a good idea - i was horribly wrong about this... Read morePublished on November 29, 2013 by S. Miller
For anyone somewhat familiar with Java, it describes "J2EE" (now called "Java EE 6") with clarity and in an orderly fashion. Well worth the price and time.Published on September 21, 2013 by Amazon Customer
The book is easy to read and is very clear, but the examples need a little more detail; just by reading it is not possible to make the examples work.Published on July 11, 2013 by Luix
This book is an excellent book for anyone who is looking to start working with Java EE. It is rather light on the Glassfish side of things - covering just what you need to know. Read morePublished on January 28, 2013 by Brent Robinson
Excelent book for starters at JavaEE 6 technologies. If you wanna implement the samples, you must pay attention in order to get them to work, because it is very tricky for... Read morePublished on January 25, 2013 by Rafael Nascimento
The book is really very good at describing the java ee technologies in a crisp and easy manner.The book is divided into various chapters based on the java ee topic being... Read morePublished on December 24, 2012 by techguy
The book is ok if you are looking for a rough understanding of the J2EE technology. Nothing is behind the basics. Read morePublished on August 28, 2012 by luca
Informative book. Well structured and goes straight to the point. It's strength is that it covers many things (for a novice). Read morePublished on June 28, 2012 by Spyridon
Being new to Java EE I need a resource that covers the topics I am likely to encounter on my current project. Read morePublished on February 28, 2012 by JKCowboy