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Building Java Enterprise Systems with J2EE Paperback – June 7, 2000
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From the Back Cover
The practical angle of Building Java Enterprise Systems with J2EE provides the conceptual background and wealth of code examples needed to actually assemble systems in a useful manner with the J2EE technologies. Furthermore, this book demonstrates how the technologies complement and build on top of one another via evolution of a cohesive and real sample application. You can use this book to learn, develop, and design your custom applications immediately.
About the Author
Paul J. Perrone is a professional Java/CORBA/C++ developer and Software Consultant for Assured Technologies, Inc. where he provides practical software consulting, products, and research for companies interested in scalable and distributed enterprise systems. Paul has been a key player in the architecture, design, and development of numerous successfully deployed large-scale n-tier distributed enterprise systems and products. Krishna Chaganti is a professional software designer and developer with more than 8 years' of experience in developing distributed computing software solutions for a variety of corporations and organizations. He has also served as an instructor of Java programming techniques for two years.
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Since the previous reviewer has already pointed out that this book covers all J2EE related topics, I don't need to repeat them here. Another unique feature of this book is that it also covers Microsoft's DCOM technology and its version of Java, and briefly mentioned how to integrate DCOM into J2EE apps.
My biggest complain about this book is that while trying to be comprehensive and make this as a single-volume reference source for J2EE, the authors actually sacrificed to some degree the focus of the book and omitted certain would-have-been very useful details. I would like to see basic information on HTML, TCP/IP, HTTP, web secutiry, OOD, Java fundamentals, client-side Java, CGI, and basic RDBMS/SQL content (13 out of 38 chapters) removed from the book. I my opinion these are prerequisite knowledge for any J2EE developer and are better left for other books. Instead of those topics, I would like to see more pages added to explain the code of the integrated sample (for example an explanation of the overall architecture and design decisions). Also, I think the book's repeated use of class diagrams to show Java class API is over-done.
Being the first book available on the market that toughs upon all aspects of J2EE, this book definitely has its value, even though there are obvious shortcomings. One final thing, this book is more about an overall picture of J2EE, not so much about every single detail of its component technologies. Therefore, if you are looking for a book on a specific topic, such as JSP, servlets, EJB, there are better books for them.
In general, there is alot of info and examples and a JSP to EJB ecommerce example. While I cannot use all of the information in here, there are things talked about being used by other people in my group (LDAP, alot of security, etc). I only had a complaint when my Web Logic license expired but found a new license only after going to the books web site and being redirected to Web Logic for a new license.
Finally I have a book that doesnt try to sell me the glories of a technology or vendor and explains how to get my work done.
This book misses everywhere , right from the Title "Building Java Enterprise Systems..." - let me make this VERY CLEAR - This book does NOT teach you how to BUILD J2EE applications. It reads more like a case study or product sheet than anything else.
What it does is define all the aspects of J2EE and yes has a real world example that is the best example I have seen but every aspect is glazed over. The only chapter I thought had any depth to it was the JDBC chapter. The servlets, EJB, JNDI, JTS, JSP sections...please! This book has less detail in it than a master java in 21 days book. This book describes the basic concept of each j2ee object and then dumps a picture of the api on a couple of pages...then, moves on to another topic. If you want to know what the api does then get another book. If you want to know how program using the api then get another book.
Even worse after dumping all this information bit by bit in different chapters this book never ties all the technologies together.
This book should be titled "An Overview of Systems Built with J2EE" because it does suceed at defining and describing the various pieces of J2EE but to imply that it teaches you or provides you real information on how to write any J2EE code is a crime!
BTW, I also bought the WILEY book Developing Java Enterpise Applications and thought it was much better at covering J2EE than this book. For those developers out there working with a J2EE application server, the Wiley book is much better than this one.