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Professional Oracle WebLogic Server 1st Edition

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Best practices for developing WebLogic Server applications

Written by a team of Oracle insiders and experts in the development of enterprise-class Java EE applications, this professional-level book provides best practices for developing and deploying WebLogic Server applications. The authors share their real-world experience and knowledge of WebLogic Server and its features to help you understand not only how things can be done, but also how things should be done.

  • Includes tips for choosing a Java EE application architecture

  • Walks you through various design solutions, architectures, construction techniques, deployment options, and management techniques

  • Features a realistic example application that leverages key technologies such as JSP, Spring MVC, EJB 3.0, JPA, and JAX-WS

  • Details each aspect of the decisions made during the development and deployment of the sample application

  • Contains best practices for configuring, managing, and tuning development and production environments

  • Explores techniques for using WebLogic Server JMS and WebLogic security

Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.

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About the Author

Robert Patrick is a VP in Oracle's Fusion Middleware Development organization responsible for a team of Solution Architects. He specializes in designing and building large, mission-critical systems with WebLogic Server and other middleware technology. He is coauthor of Mastering BEA WebLogic Server.

Gregory Nyberg has more than 20 years of experience in the design and development of object-oriented systems and specializes in large mission-critical systems using WebLogic Server. He is coauthor of Mastering BEA WebLogic Server.

Philip Aston works for Oracle's SOA Consulting team in the UK. He is widely respected throughout Oracle for his expertise in WebLogic Server.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (October 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470484306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470484302
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.6 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,022,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By T. Wright on October 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
I am a seasoned Weblogic administrator and trainer. Used the product since version 5.x. This book is a pretty good developer book, but not really a Oracle Weblogic book. The title eludes to being mostly about Weblogic and some about other stuff, but that is not the case at all. I was pretty bummed about the quantity of development topics that are not tied to Weblogic at all.

There are 15 chapters in the text, 9 are almost pure J2EE development, standard Web apps/JMS/EJB/Web Service stuff. The remaining chapters go into Weblogic. I am still baffled as to why we don't discuss a domain until Chapter 12 p547.. I think that is really pretty important to a simple Web App developer looking to get started..

It is the ONLY book out there that is somewhat up to date, hence the 2 stars, but I still prefer the online docs at Oracle than this..
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Just like the authors state, this book was targeted towards people experienced in and with Java EE development, but should have been caveated to say "and who happen to be using Oracle WebLogic Server." The longest chapter in the book is on WLS administration (124 pages). How hard would it have been to include a bigrez.ear file in the code download for the book? I'm sure there are administrators (and heck, even experienced developers who want to see if they got things right in the build) who would like to have a *complete* working example. The lack of a completed EAR file is surprising given how much detail and explanation the authors went into on development topics. As of this writing, you can find a link to this file on a Wrox forum. Another reader uploaded his file to dropbox; thread title is "Problem with building sample application of the book (bigrez)." (Ignore the setWhatever files that were included since you have your own from BigRec domain creation).
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Where WebLogic server is used in enterprise settings, environmental constraints and "surprises" stemming from parallel team development often impact the effectiveness of the application server in a very negative manner. Face it: most team members come day 1 to the project without a full understanding of how best to approach J2EE development.

This book is a graduate-level course for best using WebLogic in the enterprise setting. It addresses a wide range of very complex architectural challenges that typically surround and impact the use of WebLogic in the enterprise and goes well beyond the web-available user guide to provide that kind of insight that solves big challenges. It will show you how to set up your architectural theory to get the best performance from WebLogic, and it will help you to coach your team so that all the pieces fit together.

When your system gets to a fundamental size and responsibility, whether you have teams of programmers providing different applications, are running transactions across the web, or simply handling massive amounts of messaging, this book becomes a necessary backbone for structuring the right environment.
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I have been working with WebLogic Server over 10 years now, have been implemented and involved in many implementations for large projects, mentored teams for development and administration, still found this book extremely valuable, because of its insightful suggestions/solutions based on real experience as well as authors deep internal knowledge of the product. This book covers the topics beyond what product documents will provide, beyond how-to knowledge but will define solutions using what really is working and what is in many enterprises. I highly recommend this book whether you are an experienced WebLogic professional or someone who understands the product and have some knowledge on it. Owning this book will pay off big time when you need a solution that you cannot create just based on product docs, when you need a solution that is not just working but scalable and performing, a setup and configuration that is unique... This is a book based on real life experience hence it is not afraid to suggests things that may be a bit different then product docs and basic common knowledge on WebLogio (WLS).
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While I have been a WebLogic administrator for a number of years, this book has helped me recover from the occasional brain-fart, understand better how applications target WebLogic and its features as well as smooth over some rough edges in my understanding of the product.

With the new Oracle Fusion Middleware packages coming into their own, this book becomes an even more valuable resource for the aspiring WebLogic installer and administrator.

The books could have won a fifth star if it had more examples and usage scenarios for the Jython based WebLogic Scripting Tool (WLST,) a language shared with other competing tools such as WebSphere Application Server (WAS) and JBoss for functional scripting.
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As others have said in other reviews, Professional Oracle WebLogic Server has many non-WebLogic specific items in it. It covers many java items.

I am not clear who the intended audience is for this book. While well written and informative, I cannot think of anyone I know who would want to read this book because it covers too many subjects that are not necessarily going to be of interest to one person. I gave up after 150 pages.

After 150 pages I switched to Oracle WebLogic Server 11G Handbook by Sam Alapati. I am only 60 pages into the new book, but for learning web logic admin I think this other book is more focused.

If you want to learn Java EE, I used the free Oracle Tutorial on-line as well as buying a printed copy of the first volume (Java EE 6 Tutorial - Basic Concepts). Very good for a general Java EE overview.

Normally I do not mention other books in a review, but since this book covers Web Logic and Java I thought I would list other books on the subject.

Again, well written (at least the first 150 pages) but I am not really clear who was the intended audience. Perhaps with a new cover that explains what is in the book and who should read it, this book would be a 4 or 5 star book.
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