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Jsr-168 Portlet Development Simplified, Second Edition: Learning How to Develop Effective, Jsr-168, Portal Applications, Everything from the Genericpo Paperback – June 14, 2007
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This book is very focussed. It does not go into Maven or ANT or CMS or anything peripheral that doesn't directly effect portlet development. Some people may not like that, but for me, I wanted to learn portlet development, and learn it as quickly as possible without having to download a bunch of peripheral technologies like Maven to get the examples to work. All of the examples in the book can be coded and compiled using just the JDK and a portal server - they're that straight forward and easy to code. Of couse, I used MyEclipse, but that's another story. The fact is, the examples are very easy to write, easy to deploy, and easy to understand.
Also, the book includes chapters on JSR168 frameworks like JSF Struts and Ajax, if you can call ajaz a framework. Apparently, earlier editions didn't include these examples, which I can believe, because it was in these sections that you could see the most typographical errors. Still, the examples were very effective at teaching you how the frameworks fit into a portlet application, and while there were a few more typos in the text than I'd like to see, there were not errors in the code, and everything deployed as promised.
Just an all around great book about learning portlet development. It's about time that a book like this got written about portlet development.
The worst thing about this book is the sample chapters of story novels at the end of the book which padded it and being such a small-sized book shouldn't cost so much and I felt I had overpaid for it. The author's independent publication spoils it.
Overall, I give it a grade C, as the author's website looks far more appealing with information which initially drawn me to this book.
When I got the book, I opened it up and started reading, and I couldn't believe that by the time I put the book down, I'd just gone through the first 100 pages! It's just so easy to read, and the concepts are laid out in such a logical and sensible order. Every subject leads naturally into the next, and the very informal and conversation writing style of the book makes it very easy to read. It reads more like a conversation than a technical book, as though the author was right there with you, sharing his passion for the technology.
The examples are also very simple and straight forward, without any dependencies. So you can jump into one chapter and do all of the examples in it without having to jump back to a previous chapter or exercise. That's an important aspect of a technical book that is so often lost in todays reference manuals.
If you want to learn about how to develop portlets, or you have someone on your team that needs to learn the basics of portlet development, and learn it fast, this is the right book to get. You won't regret getting it. I didn't!
More is definitely better, and each of the books delivered good value, but no other portlet book on the market focussed so clearly and succinctly on developing portlets, and developing portlets using the JSR168 API.
For example, one of the IBM books on portlet development had only one chapter on the JSR168 API, and dedicated the rest to things like C2A and content management and personalization - all good things, but not enough of the portlet API. Other books tended to diverge into big discussions on Maven and other peripheral technologies that might be useful, but weren't directly attributable to portlet developmeint.
On the other hand, this book completely covers the JSR168 API. If you have a basic understanding of Servlets and JSPs, you'll have no problems understanding the chapters in the book - the content is really laid out well. Also, the examples in the book are all fairly simple and straight forward, with CODE THAT WORKS!!! The simple examples really help you focus on the concepts at hand, such as how the PortletSession works, how PortletPreferences work, and how a person can take advantage of Struts, JSF and even AJAX in their portlets.
I've made sure that all of the developers on the team have a copy of this book. It's an invaluable resource for anyone doing JSR168 portlet development.
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Probably the single best book on this topic that I have ever come across. This book is well worth the investment and is very easy to read while at the same time being very complete... Read morePublished on July 30, 2011 by Howard R. Lee
If you already know how to write portlets, then skip this book. If you are looking for a crash course to get you started, then buy it. Read morePublished on January 6, 2009 by Jonathan K. Hoopes
Very good book to get started with Portlet development. It explains in detail how the JSP needs to be changed to deploy it in portal environment.Published on October 31, 2008 by Suppus
Its a very short book, but covers every aspect of jsr 168 programming thoroughly. A good book for getting an overall review of portlets. Must read.Published on July 17, 2008 by Gaurav Goyal
I picked this book up along with Hibernate Made Easy, and found booth of these books to be written in the same funny and informative manner. Read morePublished on June 4, 2008 by Paulina Pearson
Very similar in style and format as the Hibernate and JPA book by the same author. (Hibernate Made Easy: Simplified Data Persistence with Hibernate and JPA (Java Persistence API)... Read morePublished on May 22, 2008 by David James
it is a good book, i read because the information, in this books help me to solve a lot of questions about portlet.
read and you will see. Read more
This is the right book for anyone trying to learn, or working with portal.
The book covers just about every aspect of JSR168, and it does it in a very thought out and... Read more