- Paperback: 460 pages
- Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (February 24, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321585712
- ISBN-13: 978-0321585714
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.2 x 8.9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,178,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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OSGi and Equinox: Creating Highly Modular Java Systems 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
A Hands-On Guide to Equinox and the OSGi Framework
In "OSGI and Equinox: Creating Highly Modular Java(TM) Systems," three leading experts show developers-for the first time-exactly how to make the most of these breakthrough technologies for building highly modular dynamic systems.
You'll quickly get started with Eclipse bundle tooling, create your first OSGi-based system, and move rapidly to sophisticated production development. Next, you'll master best practices and techniques for creating systems with exceptional modularity and maintainability. You'll learn all about OSGi's Declarative Services and how to use them to solve a wide variety of real-world problems. Finally, you'll see everything that you've learned implemented in a complete case study project that takes you from early prototype through application delivery.
For every Eclipse developer, regardless of previous experience, this book Combines a complete hands-on tutorial, online sample code at every step, and deep technical dives for working developersCovers the OSGi programming model, component development, OSGi services, Eclipse bundle tooling, server-side Equinox, and much moreOffers knowledge, guidance, and best practices for overcoming the complexities of building modular systems Addresses practical issues ranging from integrating third-party code libraries to server-side programmingIncludes a comprehensive case study that goes beyond prototyping to deliver a fully refined
and refactored production systemWhatever your application, industry, or problem domain, if you want to build state-of-the-art software systems with OSGi and Equinox, you will find this book to be an essential resource.
About the Author
Jeff McAffer co-leads the Eclipse RCP and Equinox OSGi projects, and is CTO and co-founder of EclipseSource. He is one of the architects of the Eclipse Platform and a coauthor of The Eclipse Rich Client Platform (Addison-Wesley) and OSGi and Equinox (Addison-Wesley). He co-leads the RT PMC and is a member of the Eclipse Project PMC, the Tools Project PMC and the Eclipse Foundation Board of Directors and the Eclipse Architecture Council. Jeff is currently interested all aspects of Eclipse components, from developing and building bundles to deploying, installing and ultimately running them. Previous lives include being a Senior Technical Staff Member at IBM, a team lead at Object Technology International covering work in Smalltalk, distributed/parallel OO computing, expert systems, meta-level architectures and a Ph.D. at the University of Tokyo.
Paul VanderLei is a partner at Band XI International. He has more than 25 years of software engineering experience with an emphasis on object-oriented design and Agile practices. He is well-known for his innovative, yet straightforward, engineering solutions to complex problems. After earning his M.S. in Computer Science from Arizona State University, he joined Object Technology International and worked on a wide range of Smalltalk-based systems. After OTI’s acquisition by IBM, Paul gained more than 10 years of experience developing embedded Java applications and user interfaces for the automotive and medical industry as a founding member of the IBM Embedded Java Enablement Team. He has been using OSGi in commercial applications since 2000 and is a coauthor of OSGi and Equinox (Addison-Wesley), a book on the proper construction of Java applications using OSGi. He lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his wife and four children.
Simon Archer has more than 16 years of software engineering experience with an emphasis on object-oriented design, Agile practices, and software quality. After earning his B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Portsmouth, UK, he worked as a Smalltalk developer at Knowledge System Corporation and later at Object Technology International, which was later acquired by IBM. While at OTI in 2000, Simon began working with and teaching OSGi in areas such as telematics and RFID. Today he works for IBM Rational using OSGi to build collaborative development tools for the Jazz Foundation project.
Top customer reviews
the book website is moribund , links are dead. The examples that can be found will not load into a current Eclipse environment
They haven't been updated in 3 and a half years.
I am probably late to the game in looking at this technology, but I don't believe that Amazon (or anyone else) should sell this book for full price when the basic premise of the book is false.
If you can't get the samples to work in a current Eclipse environment...what is the point?
So, I am googling for information...which is exactly what I would have done if I had never wasted money on this book.
The writing was clear and well edited; you could tell that it had been through many revisions to get it to its current polished state. The step-by-step instructions for the examples was at the right level for me, with enough detail to get things to work without being overly long. For instance, I find that I quickly get the concept of the example, but then I like to be given the details of what to name things and exactly what else to do, so that I can concentrate on the example and keep things moving along.
Another bonus that comes with the book is an Eclipse plug-in that can be installed from the web which includes the source code of all of the examples organized by chapter. It manifests itself as a special view in Eclipse that lists all of the example code. One can use this view to populate the workspace with the example code from any chapter, or, to compare the current workspace contents to the book's example. I found this last feature to be a great help as there were several times where things were not working and I was stuck for a solution. By simply comparing my manually entered version of the example code with the chapter's reference version, I quickly found the small differences that were causing problems and was quickly on my way. This ability is the next best thing to having the authors look over your shoulder and tell you what you did wrong.
I did run into a few issues with the book. There were several times where the steps provided to produce the example code were not complete. These were minor things like a missing dependency specification or in one case a default value produced by a wizard that needed to be explicitly set to something else. Mostly, these were no problem to correct.
Basically, I wasn't disappointed, this is a good book that delivers on what it promises.
The only reason I cannot give it 5 stars is the lack of discussion on dynamically loading JDBC libraries. Although this is an issue with OSGi technology in general, I would have thought that the book would have a discussion on how to implement a strategy on JDBC loading that doesn't include either manually loading JDBC via a class loader or adding package imports thereby creating a dependency on specific JDBC driver(s) - in my case this isn't even an option.
It misses a lot of important aspects of Equinox or they are just overviews that you already know from somewhere else. It contains weak introduction to OSGi standard, and is example developed throughout book is bloated and make understanding to the text much harder that it must be.
However, there's no other book about Equinox (rest books on OSGi are covering Apache Felix)