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  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (5 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144933668X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449336684
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 791,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Quick Reference for Simplified Enterprise Java Development

About the Author

Arun Gupta is a Java evangelist working at Oracle. Arun has over 15 years of experience in the software industry working in the Java™ platform and several web-related technologies. In his current role, he works to create and foster the community around Java EE and GlassFish. He has been with the Java EE team since its inception and contributed to all releases. Arun has extensive world wide speaking experience on myriad of topics and loves to engage with the community, customers, partners, and Java User Groups everywhere to spread the goodness of Java.

He is a prolific blogger at with over 1300 blog entries and frequent visitors from all around the world with a cumulative page visits > 1.2 million. He is a passionate runner and always up for running in any part of the world. You can catch him at @arungupta.

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If you're looking for a quick overview of the differences between EE6 and previous versions of the standard, then this is a great book to have in your library. It covers all of the topics in enough detail to get you started and if you need more information then you'll at least have the right context. As it says on the front of the book, it's a "quick reference" so don't expect a tome on each subject. But if you understand that important distinction, then this is well worth getting and keeping next to your computer.
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By Chriski on 16 April 2013
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Useful to have a quick reference of terms, standards and examples. Need to use in conjunction with other reference material if a novice.
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Don't expect too much of it 21 Dec. 2012
By Marcel Zumstein - Published on
Format: Paperback
It's a 175-page pocket-size book (yes, that's the actual page count of the content, not 210), so you can't expect an in-depth coverage of Java EE with all its complexity. It's certainly not a tutorial for the JEE novice, for serveral reasons. First, the code examples are really short and just allows a short glimpse of what the API looks like. Neither are they writen in a how-to-style that would allow you to quickly set up a "Hello World" program and try them out for yourself, nor do they cover a substantial part of the API in order to be useful as a reference. Second, if you're new to enterprise-size architectures, you won't understand much of the book, because it doesn't explain the technical terms and theoretical concepts, it only shows you wich parts of the API corresponds to which tasks. Furthermore, the author hasn't made the best of the limited space; several paragraphs that describe closely related parts of the API are repeated in copy-paste-manner.

It might be an useful introduction to JEE6 for people who are experienced with earlier versions of JEE, or competing enterprise platforms; I don't see who else could be the target audience.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Not for learning J2EE 6 Jan. 2013
By nkader - Published on
Format: Paperback
The Java EE Pocket Guide is a summary of all of the features of JEE6, but it needs more details.

This book is clearly written, as are all books by O'reilly. But I don't see the value of it, as it covers all aspects of J2EE, but with very little detail. I felt like I was bombarded with so many acronyms, one after the other, that it made my head spin. I would suggest using the J2EE Developer Guide as a reference before recommending this book. Maybe if you have some experience with J2EE, it could be a helpful reference, but not for learning J2EE.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great overview of the Jave EE 6 Platform 13 Oct. 2012
By Steve Beaverton OR - Published on
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For the experienced developer looking to learn what is new on the Java EE 6 platform, this book provides a concise and approachable overview. The short handbook is a welcome change from yet another 550 page tutorial that requires two months of your life. I read and re-read many of the chapters at a casual pace over a week. The author gives us just enough to understand what is new in the platform. Anyone who has been around a while on the Java platform can then use his or her favorite resources when doing a deeper dive and / or applying the technology.

I don't think this is a book for the average Java EE beginner. The author assumes quite a bit of knowledge about the basics of the Java EE platform. This allows the book to be concise for those who have experience with the platform, but will probably leave novices completely confused.

Typical of technical books on the Kindle, you will find a few areas where you simply cannot get to all the data in the charts, and many examples of source code are a mess to read. The Kindle format for technical books continues to be disappointing. However, this book fares better than most as it largely text.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Perfect overview of JEE 6 22 Mar. 2013
By Karel H. - Published on
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I am a solution architect, and was interested in some JEE concepts. The book is a good choice for this purpose: brief and clear explanation, provided with a simple example so you get a good understanding "how to make it happen".

If you are a JEE developer, you might need another more detailed resource to get all your questions answered.
A well-written and concise summary of the Java EE API 21 Jan. 2014
By Kel S - Published on
Format: Paperback
A good programming book should cover three things: what the technology is, how the technology is used, and the why of the "what" and "how". As a pocket guide, Arun Gupta's Java EE 6 Pocket Guide could never have been more than just a brief overview on what is a sizable and extensive framework, the book does admirably in condensing down key features explaining what they are as well as demonstrations of their basic use. Gupta writes with clarity and with understanding.

The lack of depth does start to show with the illustrations of examples. They are merely snapshots of the various components in action. Combined with the well-written explanations, this might constitute a sufficient overview for someone trying to make sense of unfamiliar code (we've all been there), but it would be hard to see the practicality of such examples beyond that.

To give an indication of the content, I'll summarise one section where I'm quite familiar with the API (EJB). The Stateful Session Beans, it first gives a brief overview of what they are, then drops into a coding example of how to define them. Then there's another paragraph that goes through the relevant points from the code. After which there's further highlighting of other relevant annotations, then how to access them from the client.

The two areas I could see this book being useful is first for people who are trying to come at a Java EE system without prior familiarity with the language. Java developers making the professional crossover would fit into this category. This could also apply for people familiar with some aspects of the Java EE architecture who are needing to venture into unfamiliar territory. The other area would be as a cheat sheet for Java EE for those not wanting to rely on Google to get specific information on specific components.

This book will not teach you Java EE, but it will help those looking for a nice practical overview of unfamiliar features. And as a reference guide, it might be helpful for quick information about specific features written in an accessible and no-nonsense way.
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