- Paperback: 712 pages
- Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (April 19, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933988347
- ISBN-13: 978-1933988344
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,381,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Derek Lane has over 17 years of professional software experience as an architect, manager, designer, analyst, developer and teacher. He has a versatile technical background and a passion for exploring new technologies.
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The Apress EJB 3 books simply shove jumbled code in your face without any real organization or plan. The authors of those books seem to think that it's OK to just let the code document the concept and mix-and-match concepts of EJB 3 at random. This book, however, provides a MUCH MUCH MUCH more thorough examination and takes the time to explain things in a simple (but not insulting) and light-hearted manner while not taking away from the thoroughness of the coverage. A wonderful feat, indeed.
Clearly organized and built on a logical "piece-by-piece replacement" of your existing code/knowledge, this book clearly organizes the concepts and isolates them from one another until a thorough understanding is attained. Afterwards, the concepts are grouped together to show a "final" perspective showing the logical integration of what you have learned **UP TO THAT POINT** (cumulatively). This is unlike the Apress books that just lump it together and say "we'll explain it later... but only with more code."
The minimal coverage of EJB 2 is also valuable. Seeing the evolution of the technology definitely provides a better understanding of why and how things were done without going into mass detail like the Apress authors do.
The only thing the book lacks is a concrete, real world example. The auction site provided is a wonderful sample to follow, but is not easily translated to a complex, distributed, message-driven/SOA systems unless you have been working on them for a while already. My suggestion to the author, to make this a 5-star book, would be to trim the appendixes that talk about basic concepts like SQL and whatnot and instead provide a much more complex business scenario and example at the end of the text.
I specially liked the migration section from EJB 2 to EJB 3 and the integration section with Spring
It's quite a big book though... i would rather have a workbook section (like in Enterprise JavaBeans 3.0 from O'Reilly) instead of some appendixes. I found minor errors too...
All in all 5 stars for a beginner
I sooo loved the 1-star review of this book by Peter B. Bonem, who says the book is constantly previewing it's content, and retrospecting on what has been written. It's at least 4-5 times too many pages with respect to material introduced, the language is tedious at best, and the coverage of material is shallow. Editorial job hasn't been of the best quality either, there are shameful elementary school level errors in language here and there.
I'm doing the practice exams from Oracle now for the SCBCD after having read this book almost entirely (which I consider an achievement in its own right), and it hasn't been too helpful - there are details in the test questions that haven't even been mentioned, let alone thoroughly covered.
All that said, had I bought this book with different expectations, maybe I would've been more satisfied with it. Thus 2 stars and not just 1 (which was my initial mark) - maybe as a tutorial "ejb 3 for the dummies" this book would do almost fine, but as exam preparation it underdelivers completely. Shame I found it recommended for this exam study.
Go read the EJB3 spec - way more readable, and free.
This concludes what I had to say about the EJB3 in Action. I've said that I found the language level less than satisfactory, the content shallow and the book size/book content ratio insufficient.
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