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Java Enterprise in a Nutshell (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly)) 3rd Edition

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Java Enterprise in a Nutshell gives advanced Java developers a one-stop resource for programming with the disparate APIs required for today's enterprise development, including JDBC, RMI, servlets, and EJBs. Beginning with JDBC database programming, the book gives a chapter-by-chapter tour of various enterprise development APIs, including program strategies for each API. For JDBC, the book includes new Java 2 JDBC enhancements like batch and recordsets.

Next comes Java's Remote Method Invocation (RMI) classes for calling remote code. Then it's on to using Java IDL and CORBA basics. A chapter on Java servlets will get you started delivering dynamically generated HTML using Java on Web servers, including useful material on cookies and session management. After coverage of the Java Naming and Directory Interface (JNDI) comes a solid exploration of EJBs with material on both session and entity beans. Specifics here include home and remote interfaces, EJB containers, stateless vs. stateful session beans, and entity beans for accessing corporate databases.

Overall, this handy and readable guide to the latest in Java APIs can be truly invaluable to the developer bringing Java to the corporate enterprise for the first time. --Richard Dragan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'It really is a useful Java Enterprise referenced and it deserves a place of honour on my desk.' - Steve Cornish, Cvu, May 2000. 'The API reference contains more information than the documentation which comes with the APIs themselves'... Java Enterprise in a Nutshell is a very good reference for the Java Entreprise APIs. The introduction already contains enough information to get started and the reference sections are very complete and useful.' - Hubert Klein Ikkink, Developers Review, February 2000. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: In a Nutshell (O'Reilly)
  • Paperback: 896 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 3 edition (December 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596101422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596101428
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,594,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Disclaimer: I am an avowed O'Reilly technical series fan, and proud of it. Whenever I want to understand a new technology I head to the O'Reilly shelf in my local Borders before I look anywhere else. So adjust your expectations accordingly.
As the name implies, this massive tome (971 pages stem to stern) covers a mind numbing range of technologies associated with "Enterprise" Java software development. There are 17 sections in all, as well as your standard API reference pages. As you would expect, all of the usual suspects are there - Servlets, JSP's, EJB's, JNDI, RMI, CORBA, etc. In addition there were other enterprise technologies that I found useful as well - Messaging, SQL, Java Mail and so on.
When I sat down with this book my intention was to skim through each section, look to see if there was anything that they missed, and crank out the 'ol review. What I found was enough content in each of the technical sections to draw me into actually reading the whole section. I mean, who would take the time to read a full section on CORBA nowadays unless there were interesting things there (yes, I see all of you CORBA proponents shaking your fists out there - don't you have some IDL to write?).
Once I completed the reference sections I cracked open the latter half of the book to take a peek at the API section. I found it well organized, asthetically pleasing, and about as useful as a screen door on a submarine. Note that this API publishing is NOT unique to O'Reilly - It seems that most of the technical publishing companies still commit arboreal mass murder to publish these API sections. Note to publishers: When the half life of the information you are printing is measured in months, think about a different delivery mechanism.
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This book is absolutely indespensible for anyone programming Java Servlets, EJB, and CORBA applications. I do all of the above, so this reduces the weight of paper I need to carry around by tenfold. Clear, concise, correct.
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This is the first O'Reilly-book I'm a bit of disappointed with.
"Java Enterprise in a Nutshell" simply ignores a lot of APIs/packages of the J2EE, like javax.servlet.jsp, javax.naming.event, javax.naming.ldap or the whole javax.mail-API, some of which surely have a great practical relevance. On the other hand it has a quick reference of SQL, something that does not really belong here. It wouldn't have disturbed me, if all relevant APIs had been covered, but they hadn't.
All covered APIs on the other hand are as good dealt with as always.
Because of the given shortcomings: just 3 stars.
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This is a great book... provides short descriptions of the technologies in the Java Enterprise Edition. For each one, covers the architecture, use, and provides examples... everything you need to get started (and for the JavaDoc to make sense). The explanations of the architecture of each technology is especially clear and well written. Also contains the necessary reference material for each technology.
This should be next to Java in a Nutshell on the bookshelf of anyone who uses any part of Java Enterprise.
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While the latter 2/3 of the book make a fine reference, the first 1/3 provides an excellent overview of the technologies that make up Jave Enterprise. A good place to start to sort out JDBC, Java IDL, RPC, Servlets, JNDI, and the rest. The quick-moving world of Java, however, may quickly date this (e.g., no real coverage of JMS in this edition).
Valuable for anyone just trying to get a sense of what J2EE is, and what one might do with it.
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This book had the misfortune of being written before Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) was available. As a result, the book doesn't cover some of the packages in J2EE and refers to the packages not in J2SE as "standard extensions". The material the book does cover is still relavent, but will become even more dated with the release of the next version of J2EE. I look forward to the second edition of this book, which I hope would add JSP, XML, and JavaMail to the list of topics, and also cover newer versions of the J2EE APIs.
The information given in the book is sketchy in places, and it's in these places that Java Examples in a Nutshell comes in handy. These two books make an excellent pair. But if you're looking for a complete reference to J2EE, this isn't it (yet).
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A great reference for the experienced programmer, definitely not a beginner's manual. The API listing takes up over half the book and can be easily found in online JavaDocs, but the actual book is great. I compared the chapter on JDBC to the Java Tutorial Continued - and it covered the same material (very clearly, too) in 1/3 as many pages.
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The book "Java Enterprise in a Nutshell" is a dense overview of some of the packages in J2EE. The book has three parts: An introduction, an enterprise reference and an API reference. The introduction describes each package, gives some examples and pointers for further readings. The second part contains reference material on SQL, RMI Tools, IDL and IDL tools and CORBA Services. The API reference lists the complete API of the packages covered by this book.
This text is very well written and does an exceptional job in describing the J2EE packages JDBC, RMI, JNDI as well Servelets, EJB and the Java IDL. The chapters are well structured and very clearly written. And they achieve their goal without filling hundreds of pages. Very good.
Unfortunately the book does not cover all of today's packages of J2EE but I guess that's the price to pay if the book has to be on the market early enough.
The book has some holes, but for the material it covers, it is one of the best, if not the best, books available.
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