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  • Paperback: 1128 pages
  • Publisher: Sams; 1 edition (9 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672323842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672323843
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 18.1 x 6.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,757,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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J2EE has become required knowledge for any serious Java developer, but learning this large and complex specification requires a substantial investment of time and energy. Sams Teach Yourself J2EE in 21 Days, 2/E presents the enterprise Java architecture in accessible, easy-to-comprehend lessons, describing how each J2EE tool solves the challenges of n-Tier development. Using the architecture as a roadmap, chapters describe Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB), JavaServer Pages (JSP), Java Servlets, and more, giving readers a full understanding of J2EE development.

Further chapters cover the role of XML, custom JSP tags, creating J2EE Web Services, and how Java Connectors allow J2EE applications to interact with legacy and non-Java systems. The book finishes with sample applications which put all the pieces together, including an example using J2EE to create Web Services. Along the way, every concept is illustrated with practical, real-world examples to ensure understanding by Java students as well as experts.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

The authors of this book work for Content Master Ltd., a technical authoring company in the United Kingdom specializing in the production of training and educational materials. For more information on Content Master, please see its Web site at

Martin Bond, B.Sc. M.Sc. C.Eng, M.B.C.S., was born near Manchester England in 1958. Martin left a budding academic career to develop parallel processing compilers for Inmos. Martin has designed and developed systems using C++, Java, and JavaScript and has developed training courses on Unix programming, Solaris security, Java programming, and XML. Martin has an honors degree and a masters degree in computer science from Aberystwyth, Wales, and is a European chartered engineer. Martin currently works as an IT trainer and consultant based in Cornwall, England.

Dan Haywood has been working on large and small software development projects for more than 12 years. These days, he fills his days with consulting, training and technical writing, specializing in OO design, Java and J2EE, Sybase technical consulting, and data modeling. Previously, Dan worked at Sybase Professional Services, performing a variety of roles, mostly in the financial industry, including architect, performance specialist, and project manager. Dan started his IT career at (what was then) Andersen Consulting, working as a developer on large-scale projects in government and in utilities. Dan is married and has a baby daughter.

Debbie Law B.Sc., was born in Romsey, England in 1959. Debbie started on compiler development for parallel processing systems, later working on the design and development of client server applications. As a technical manager for Siemens, she was one of a small group of select staff on an intensive learning program studying worldwide business practices, including several weeks at MIT and Harvard. Debbie has an honors degree in computer science from Southampton, England and currently works as an IT consultant based in Cornwall, England. Andy Longshaw is a consultant, writer, and educator specializing in J2EE, XML, and Web-based technologies and components, particularly the design and architecture decisions required to use these technologies successfully. Andy has been explaining technology for most of the last decade as a trainer and in conference sessions. A wild rumor suggests that some people have managed to stay awake in these sessions. Despite being well educated and otherwise fairly normal, Andy still subjects himself and his family to "trial by unpredictability" by watching Manchester City FC far more often than is healthy.

Peter Roxburgh graduated with a first class degree with honors in business, and has since followed a diverse career path. From his home in the medieval walled town of Conwy, North Wales, he authors a wide-variety of training courses, and books including Building .NET Applications for Mobile Devices (Microsoft Press, 2002). He has also written and contributed to a number of journals and Web sites on cutting-edge technologies.

Peter spends his spare time playing guitar and bouldering on nearby sea cliffs and mountain crags. When he is not strumming or risking life and limb, he enjoys spending relaxing and quality time with his daughter, Chloe.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 30 May 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is outdated to the point of being useless. The examples throughout this book rely heavily on the use of databases, unfortunately the one the book is written for (pointbase) is no longer included with the application server (which you also need), and to make matters worse it now costs to use pointbase.

The book does point out early on that the examples can be easily modifed to work with other databases (namely the supplied apache derby). This is not true, it might be relatively easy for an experienced j2ee engineer to do this, but seeing as you want to learn this technology I doubt you are one of those.

The subject matter (j2ee) is extremely complicated and having to heavily mod every example you come across just isn't acceptable in a book aiming to rapidy teach a very complex subject. The book also uses outdated versions of the technology itself and as such I'd strongly advise against this book and to wait for the third edition, the current edition should really not even be offered anymore (at least without THIS IS OBSOLETE written on the front cover).

I wasted 30 pounds on this so you don't have to!!!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. J. Knowles on 23 Sept. 2002
Format: Paperback
J2EE is a deeply complex topic, and this book must be one of the first to take a programmer friendly, human readable approach to the subject.
If you're a programmer, this book is likely to be far more useful to you than the books such as "Applying Enterprise Java Beans", which are written by people too close to the development of J2EE itself.
This won't be an easy ride though - you will need to be proficient in Java already and be familar with much of the Java Standard Edition. Also be prepared to spend hours fiddling with tools and messing around with command lines - but that's par for the course with this topic!
Thanks to the authors for finally bringing the subject back to Earth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Raul Garcia on 17 Aug. 2006
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I just can't emphasise enough what an excellent book this is, for all level of experienced programmers. I consider myself to have an intermediate knowledge of Java and a very basic knowledge of programming distributed components, but I've enjoyed every minute of my reading.

What do you need to know before reading this book? Basically you need to understand the basic of java programming like classes, methods and parameters [e.g. MyClass.method(parameter,..)] and that java needs to import certain packages to be able to make some specific functions [e.g. import javax.sql;]. Apart from this I just highly recommend you to read very thoroughly chapter 1 and 2, they will guide you nicely to understand the J2EE technologies and how the different chapters in the book approach them. J2EE is a difficult subject to learn and "Sam's Teach Yourself" tackles it magnificently, it covers absolutely everything.

A case study is followed day after day and if for some reason you can't work out the answer one day, you just can download it from the website. I haven't had a problem with any of the code, they work fine.

I'd like to respond to the previous reviewer by saying that this book is not obsolete at all, you just need to download the correct J2EE which it could be "j2eesdk-1_4_02_2005Q2-windows.exe" for windows. The book clearly specifies which version of J2EE is using at the time of writing it, by common sense is not recommended to download the latest version of J2EE two years down the line.

The only problem is that it's quite impractical to finish the book in 21 days for a complete beginner, more like 21 weeks.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jan. 2003
Format: Paperback
A big subject, well tackled, with all the theory and hands on practical work to back it up.
Obviously first, you will need to be a proficient java programmer before learning J2EE. But don't be fooled, learning J2EE takes a lot of trial and error and practice if you are going it alone, no matter what reading material you have.
Reads more like "Teach Yourself J2EE in 21 weeks"!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Same as the Sun J2EE Tutorial 7 Nov. 2002
By Charles Lewis - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book does not offer much more than the Sun J2EE Tutorial online does and that is free. I have worked through the first two weeks, and I have decided to shelve it. The book starts strong with the JNDI. There are plenty of code listings for you to type in and try with good explanations on naming, binding, and lookup. After this the book is nothing more than a rehash of the Sun Online tutorial with a different larger example application. The application is complete. You don't do anything but read about the design and pertinent Java technologies that are being used for that particular part of the application. Then you are given instructions on how to deploy the current working piece of the application on the J2EE RI, and run sample clients against it - chapter after chapter of the same thing. Though this type of learning by reading some one else code with explanations seems to be enjoyed by some. I side with Ivor Horton. Programming is not a spectator sport. You learn by doing. Having the reader build the application and participate in the process would have made for a better learning experience of a complex topic.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Blah Blah Blah Blah....too much talk, not enough action 5 May 2004
By James M. Hamilton - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is putting me to sleep! I bought it a few days ago and have spent that ENTIRE time reading. I'm more of a visual learner, usually the TYI21D books are very hands-on. So far, this one is harshly hands-off! How can I be expected to remember all this information? I need examples, not just charts. It doesn't look like its going to get any better later in the text, I've scanned-through the book several times wondering when this terribly detailed nonsense will end and from what I've seen, it continues through the entire book. -yawn-
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A very good starting point. 12 Feb. 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
If you are new to J2EE, and if you are not always online, you should use this book to get the big picture of J2EE. Go through it, skip details you may not need, focus on understanding concepts, use the online-documentation later on during your coding. I was testing the examples with the J2EE RI, with BEA, and with JBOSS. Every platform has had its own problems, but at the end, the examples were running each time. During my career I was reading lots of docs, but this one is well-written, clear and concise, it covers the most important aspects, I think, and let you the freedom to skip, what you think you may not need the first time.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Explains nothing 12 Dec. 2007
By Failure Not an Option - Published on
Format: Paperback
I am a (software development) middle manager with a background as a C programmer. Every 2-3 years I'll buy 1 book + products to try to stay relatively current with industry evolution. I bought VB 4.0 & MS Access and was able to use the VB 4.0 documentation alone to build a fairly elaborate application. I bought Borland JDeveloper & Oracle and with the help of Teach Yourself Java in 21 days was able to migrate my application to (i.e. rewrite my application for) Java/Oracle. Now I acquired J2EE from Sun and mySQL with a view to migrating the same application, bought this book, and find that this book is of absolutely no help whatsoever. This book is reliant on downloadable samples (which are now out-of-date and unusuable) and fails to explain what I want: nuts-and-bolts construction of a "Hello World" type program where I hand-craft a JSP, a servlet, a session bean and an entity bean using the mySQL database (which I had up and running within 1 hour of download) to extract the "Hello" and the "World" from 2 separate columns in a database table, and hand-craft the deployment descriptors needed to package & deploy the application.

This book is shelved. When I figure out what I want to learn from other sources, I'm inclined to try to write an alternative text to recoup my wasted $50+.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A very good book 14 July 2004
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Comparing with Sun's J2EE Tutorial this is an excellent book. It is easy to read and explains the concepts clearly. I read Sun's J2EE Tutorial and hated it so much. In a month you will learn all important concepts in J2EE. After reading the book, you may want to read books which devote the entire book on a single J2EE subject. This book gives you an entry point. Plus I just don't have time to read many books. I need a crush course on J2EE.
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