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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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Antonio Goncalves is a senior software architect specializing in Java/Java EE. As a former BEA Systems consultant, he has expertise in application servers (Weblogic, JBoss, and GlassFish). He is the author of a Java EE 5 book in France and is also an Expert Member on Java EE 6, EJB 3.1, and JPA 2.0. He is the cofounder of the Paris Java User Group. For more, visit http://www.antoniogoncalves.org.
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Product Details

  • Series: Expert's Voice in Java Technology
  • Paperback: 536 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2nd ed. 2010 edition (August 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143022889X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430228899
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,348,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By B. Baron on September 26, 2010
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As a long time server side Java developer who has generally steered clear of the J(2)EE standard stack of EJB, JPA and JSF, in favor of Spring, Hibernate and Struts, I nevertheless wanted to take a look at the promise of the emerging Java EE 6 improvements. My goal was to evaluate whether EJB in conjunction with JPA persistence can be developed in a style that I have grown accustomed using Spring and Hibernate. Is it possible to maximize testing and debugging activities outside the EE container with version 6?

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.
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The book is nice to read but don't try to follow the examples! They just don't work and you will end up spending a lot of time debugging them (maybe, that is the hidden underlying concept of the book). I made it to chapter six and then gave up ...
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This book appears to have a lot of great information but it is not layed out well. The book attempts to be a reference for advanced users as well as a guide for new users. Well I am new to Java EE, and the guide is not very straightforward at all. You'd probably do better to find a tutorial on the web than reading this book. I'm sure that there are some better books out there for beginners.

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.
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1. The authors expect you to use eclipselist and Derby to run database simulations with Maven. They leave out important points, like how to import eclipselist into a Maven POM, and these contrived examples have no relevance in the RL of programming.

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?
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It's greatly explained. It's great for beginners in JEE world.

If you want to see a real JEE 6 app written by the author see:
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I already read a couple of books about GlassFish 3 and hence was having doubts about Antonio Goncalves's "Beginning Java EE 6 Platform with GlassFish 3, 2nd Edition" from Apress. It's quite common to find books with great, ambitious titles that fall short which further cast doubt on the book. That's why I was deeply worried that the title, with Java EE 6 included, was a sort of a trick to bring more eyes to the book. On the other hand, I was really keen on reading a book about Java EE 6 with all its bells and whistles detailed, but didn't really care about GlassFish.

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.
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