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Applying Enterprise JavaBeans¿: Component-Based Development for the J2EE¿ Platform (2nd Edition)
Applying Enterprise JavaBeans¿: Component-Based Development for the J2EE¿ Platform (2nd Edition)
by Vlada Matena
Edition: Paperback
17 used & new from CDN$ 3.73

3.0 out of 5 stars A Solid, But Not Exceptional EJB Book, May 26 2004
I'm a bit surprised by many of the reviews of this book. Overall, I think it is a fairly solid coverage of EJBs. However, I think it tocuhes on many topics without providing enough depth to make that topic clear and useful. One of the worst examples of this is Chapter 6, entitled Using JMS and Connectors For Communication. The chapter has a rather brief high level coverage of JMS which is too short and sporadic to be terribly useful. Then is jumps to J2EE Connectors which it discusses for one and a half pages. In those 1.5 pages it gives no examples and almost no concrete information about how to use connectors. The most useful thing it says is it tells you another book you can buy to actually learn how to use connectors. Since the chapter is called "Using JMS and Connectors..." I would expect more than 1.5 pages of fluffy coverage of connectors. But at least it told me what book I should have bought instead.
If you want a high-level view of a lot of topics, without a whole lot of depth, then I think this book is a good choice. If you want a more thorough coverage of EJBs, I'd recommend Head First EJB, Enterprise JavaBeans (O'Reilly Press), or Professional EJB (Wrox Press.)

J2EE¿ Web Services
J2EE¿ Web Services
by Richard Monson-Haefel
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Clear and Complete Coverage Of Web Services, March 14 2004
This review is from: J2EE¿ Web Services (Paperback)
After reading a couple of dissapointing web services book, I went looking for a better J2EE web services book. I was thrilled when I saw Richard Monson-Haefel had written a web services book because several years ago his wonderful EJB book got me started with EJBs. So I had high expectations for this book, and I was not dissapointed. This is the most thorough coverage of J2EE web services that I've read. Equally important as what is in the book, is what is not in the book. Web services is a topic that can be an endless pit of specifications and APIs that you will never use. By focusing on technologies that are endorsed by the Basic Profile for Web Services, this book helps you focus on those technologies that are currently useful and stable. I've found most web services books get so lost in every specification and version that they never have time to really explain the practical issues of developing web services. This book instead provides tremendous detail on the important practical issues. In addition, by focusing on the stable and interoperable aspects of web services, the book will makes it easy to see how to develop web services that will actually work and be interoperable. And most importantly, the book is clearly written, technically accurate, and easy to learn from. So I thank the author for another wonderful book and I hope he will be writing books in all the future topics I need to learn.

Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE Study Guide (Exam 310-051)
Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE Study Guide (Exam 310-051)
by Paul Allen
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars Many Mistakes and Irrelevant Content, Oct. 6 2003
I bought this book despite the other poor reviews on amazon. I was hopeful that the other reviewers were just being too harsh. But after reading the first couple chapters, it became clear that the other reviewers were being charitable. This book is filled with errors and is poorly organized.
The worst error I've spotted is on p16. The book says that "The current version of the SCEA exam tests your knowledge of J2EE 1.3 API." In fact, at the time I'm writing this review, and certainly at the time they wrote the book, the current version of the exam is still testing the J2EE 1.2 API. That is pretty bad when the course authors don't even know which version of J2EE they should be writing about. It also would be quite detrimental and confusing to readers who would assume they should be studying topics that were added in the J2EE 1.3 version.
In many places, the book also does not seem to be well synched with the topics, approach, and vocabulary of the exam. Some chapters seemed almost irrelevant to the exam.
If you buy this book, you should only consider it a supplement to help give you a general idea of what you need to study. I would suggest doing most of your studying with other books or resources.

Save My Soul
Save My Soul
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5.0 out of 5 stars Big Bad Awesome CD, Oct. 3 2003
This review is from: Save My Soul (Audio CD)
The BBVD have produced another fantastic feel-good CD that gets you swinging in your living room. I confess, their self-titled "Big Bad Voodoo Daddy" CD is still my favorite, but this is a worthy successor to their previous CDs. This CD is fairly similar to the previous CDs, but it has a few more slower songs and experiments with a few different sounds to keep it interesting.
I just saw BBVD live for the first time and I now have a whole new appreciation for them. It was the best concert I've ever been to. There music is infectious on a recording, but when it is blasting all around with you, with audience members swing dancing in the audience, it is *amazing*. On top of that, to see these nine musicians performing so stunningly and passionately gives you a whole new appreciation to how much sweat, talent, and passion goes into creating their music.
I recommend this but I recommend their first CD even more, and I recommend their live concerts the most! After you see them live, you'll want to come back and buy all the CDs.

J2EE AntiPatterns
J2EE AntiPatterns
by Bill Dudney
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book to avoid other's mistakes, Aug. 24 2003
This review is from: J2EE AntiPatterns (Paperback)
This book does an excellent job of describing a wide variety of common mistakes that are made in the design and implementation of J2EE systems. For each problem pointed out by the AntiPattern, the book also describes how you can refactor your design to avoid this problem. I strongly recommend that all J2EE architects, designers, and coders read both an AntiPattern book and a "positive" pattern book. It is very valuable to read books such as Core J2EE Patterns or EJB Design Patterns to find out positive patterns for J2EE design. Books like J2EE AntiPatterns provide the flip side of the coin by pointing out what you shouldn't do in your J2EE design.

Bitter EJB
Bitter EJB
by Bruce Tate
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every EJB Developer or Designer Should Read This Book, June 13 2003
This review is from: Bitter EJB (Paperback)
This book masterfully fills a real void in Java literature. There have been several respectable books written on AntiPatterns for general topics and J2SE. There are also a couple of excellent books on EJB and other J2EE patterns. But, until now, there has been a void of AntiPattern books relating to EJB or other J2EE topics. AntiPattern books fill an important need because they help developers understand the serious problems they need to avoid. With complex topics like EJBs, AntiPatterns are particularly important.
There are a few parts of this book that discuss the pros and cons of the EJB architecture. But, the primary focus of this book is to help EJB developers and designers get the most out of their use of EJB technology. The book does this by focusing on the bitter mistakes that you can make and explaining how to avoid or rectify those mistakes.
I think every EJB developer or designer should read this AntiPattern book and a "positive" pattern book such as EJB Design Patterns or Core J2EE Patterns.
Before reading this book, you should have a solid general understanding of EJBs, such as could be gained from books like Enterprise JavaBeans by Haefel or Mastering EJB by Roman.

Publisher 2000 Professional Results
Publisher 2000 Professional Results
by Roger C. Parker
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction, March 19 2003
I think this book is pretty good for the beginner to intermediate reader. I appreciate that this book not only covers the technical issues, but has a nice coverage of many business and formatting issues of creating good newsletters, brochures, and other documents. Overall it provides a good introduction to the very wide variety of technical, business, and formatting issues relating to making a very wide variety of documents. So to the fairly casual or introductory reader, I would recommend this book.
Unfortunately, I was not in that group. I am very familiar with similar software, I've developed newsletters and similar documents for years, and I've used Publisher briefly for a few weeks. I was hoping for a book that would get down into the nuts and bolts of using Publisher and I found the book was lacking in that respect. It took a long time to sift through all the introductory and general information to find the nuggets on advanced features. At the end of doing this, I still had many unanswered questions about how to get the most out of Publisher. So, I would not recommend this book for more experienced readers.
Happy reading.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, High Energy, Inspired, and Creative, Feb. 15 2003
This review is from: Vavoom (Audio CD)
This CD mixes the best of old style Big Band and Swing with a modern Rockabilly style! The Dirty Boogie was certainly a fantastic CD, but I think this CD is even more infectious and creative. The high energy will have your toes tapping until you jump out of your seat. The greatest masterpiece on this CD is "Gettin' In The Mood" which is a take-off of the old classic "In The Mood." The groovin' chords of the original classic have been reinvorgorated with a rockabilly sound and even a couple rap lyrics blended in for extra punch. You have to hear it to believe it.
Pennsylvania 6-5000, Jumpin' East of Java, Americano, Mack The Knife, and That's The Kind of Sugar Papa Likes are also truly inspired. But, the whole CD is simply fantastic.
Happy listening.

J2EE¿ Technology in Practice: Building Business Applications with the Java¿ 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition
J2EE¿ Technology in Practice: Building Business Applications with the Java¿ 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition
by Rick Cattell
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Sampling of J2EE Usage, Jan. 27 2003
I'm not surprised that there have been a wide range of ratings for this book, becuase this nature of this book is not suited for everyone. It is not going to teach you J2EE development, and it is not going to help you figure out exactly how you should approach a J2EE development project. What it does do very well is to give a small sampling of how J2EE is successfully being used in very diverse industries. Since these are only a handful of case studies, this book really only provides anecodtal stories of success, rather than scientific proof. But, I found these anecodtal stories to be a fascinating quick read in order to gather more information on how different companies have been approaching enterprise development with J2EE. Some reviewers criticized the blatant product marketting in the book, but since the products being marketted are a wide variety of competing J2EE servers, I found that quite interesting.
The reason I give this book a 5 star rating is because I think that for the kind of book it is trying to be, it does a very good job. If you already have a good knowledge of J2EE technologies, and would like to know a bit more about how other companies are utilizing J2EE technologies, I recommend picking this book up and giving it a quick read by skimming past the parts that aren't as applicable to you.

Java Tools for Extreme Programming: Mastering Open Source Tools, Including Ant, JUnit, and Cactus
Java Tools for Extreme Programming: Mastering Open Source Tools, Including Ant, JUnit, and Cactus
by Richard Hightower
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Schizophrenic but Still Quite Useful, Oct. 28 2002
This book tried to be too many things to too many people. However, if you want to learn more about Ant, Junit, Cactus, HttpUnit, JMeter, or JunitPerf this book is probably one of your best choices.
The book has one dedicated chapter on Extreme Programming and certainly incorporates an Extreme Programming perspective, but this is not really a book about Extreme Programming. If you want to learn about Extreme Programming this is not the book for you. If you don't care about Extreme Programming, you can skip the one chapter on it and benefit from the rest of the book.
The book aslo waists one chapter and other miscelaneous pages discussing how to deploy J2EE applications. If you want to learn how to develop or deploy servlets, JSP, EJB, and other J2EE technologies, this will not be sufficient material to properly introduce you to it, and you should buy other books for that purpose. If you already are a J2EE developer, then you already know most of what this book says about servlets, JSPs, and EJBs and you will probably want to skim or skip these pages.
The book also spends one chapter and many other miscelaneous pages on substantial case studies which may be quite useful to some people, but arguably are of limited value to most people.
However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The coverage of Ant, JUnit, Cactus, HttpUnit, JMeter, and JUnitPerf is quite good. The writing style is very clear and easy to learn from. The coverage could be more comprehensive, but it is certainly will give you a very strong start with these tools and does go into some advanced topics. In addition, most of these tools don't have many if any books that significanly discuss them, so this coverage is something of a rare find.
The last quarter of the book is an API reference. The API reference does have some useful dicusssion and details of the parts of the API. So while I find API references to be of limited value in a book, this API reference is moderately useful.
In summary: If you want to learn about some good open source tools for Java deployment and testing (Ant, JUnit, Cactus, HttpUnit, JMeter, and JUnitPerf,) then I highly recommend this book, but you should expect to skim past several parts of the book to get to the good parts. If you want a book on Extreme Programming or general Java development, then this is the wrong book for you.

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