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Java Enterprise in a Nutshell (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly)) [Paperback]

Jim Farley , William Crawford , John G. Norman , Prakash Malani , Justin Gehtland
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2 Dec 2005 0596101422 978-0596101428 3

Nothing is as constant as change, and this is as true in enterprise computing as anywhere else. With the recent release of Java 2 Enterprise Edition 1.4, developers are being called on to add even greater, more complex levels of interconnectivity to their applications.

To do this, Java developers today need a clear understanding of how to apply the new APIs, use the latest open source Java tools, and learn the capabilities and pitfalls in Java 2 Enterprise Edition 1.4 -- so they can plan a technology and implementation strategy for new enterprise projects.

Fortunately, this is exactly what they get with the new Java Enterprise in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition. Because most integrated development environments (IDE) today include API lookup, we took out the main API sections from our previous edition to make room for new chapters, among others, on Ant, Cactus, Hibernate, Jakarta Struts, JUnit, security, XDoclet, and XML/JAXP.

Revised and updated for the new 1.4 version of Sun Microsystems Java Enterprise Edition software, Java Enterprise in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition is a practical guide for enterprise Java developers.

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  • Paperback: 896 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 3 edition (2 Dec 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596101422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596101428
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 15 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 393,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For the intermediate to advanced Java developer, Java Enterprise in a Nutshell shows how to work with all of today's relevant Java APIs. Plus, it's a top-notch reference to all enterprise classes. Part tutorial and part reference work you can use everyday at your desk, this title is a worthwhile resource for any Java developer building Web or enterprise software.

The practical, succinct focus here on actual Java enterprise APIs helps distinguish this text from the pack. Early sections provide short, clear examples along with just enough background to help you use APIs like JDBC, servlets and JSPs, EJBs and others. Coverage of Java's ability to interface with legacy CORBA systems is just excellent here, with a full tour of Java IDL, CORBA services and Remote Method Invocation (RMI). Typically, readers will be familiar with some J2EE APIs and not others. This book can help fill in the gaps.

Updated with the latest standards from Sun including JDBC 3.0, Servlet 2.3 and EJB 2.0, this is an essential primer of today's high-end (and high-paying) Java. The basic presentation of servlets/JSP and EJBs (among the most important APIs for current Java Web development) are concise and nicely digestible. We also liked the chapter on JMS for messaging (also a hotbed of Java job activity).

The second half of this text lists every J2EE class along with methods and properties in a very valuable reference making good use of two-toned shading for easy access. Entries are organised by package name. (One small oversight here is that an index of cross-listed packages, classes and methods omits page numbers.)

Overall, this reference material will serve as truly indispensable for any working Java programmer. The second edition of Java Enterprise in a Nutshell is a fully up-to-date tutorial and reference that lives up to the standards of O'Reilly's Nutshell series. Both thorough and concise, it's a handy resource for anyone who works with the hundreds and thousands of Java enterprise APIs on a regular basis. --Richard Dragan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


'It really is a useful Java Enterprise referenced and it deserves a place of honour on my desk.' - Steve Cornish, Cvu, May 2000. 'The API reference contains more information than the documentation which comes with the APIs themselves'... Java Enterprise in a Nutshell is a very good reference for the Java Entreprise APIs. The introduction already contains enough information to get started and the reference sections are very complete and useful.' - Hubert Klein Ikkink, Developers Review, February 2000. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Java Enterprise in a Nutshell contains the standard treatment from O'Reilly of its subject. A "must-have" for enterprise developers who prefer paper, rather than on-line, documentation. The book describes itself as "an indispensable quick reference", and this is exactly what it is - the descriptions are cursory, but the quick reference section is a masterpiece, and every reference book should have indexes like the two in this book. The book is excellent value as a memory jogger for practising developers, but for beginners, students and the answers to detailed questions, use a different book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as deep as some, but great value for money 1 Sep 2003
By Frank Carver VINE VOICE
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One of the seemingly endless "in a Nutshell" series from O'Reilly, this book follows the basic series format. A few chapters of concise introduction followed by a detailed, if compressed, API reference. In this case the book covers a lot of ground - all the Java APIs which form part of the Java 2 Enterprise Edition: JDBC, RMI, CORBA, JNDI, Servlets, EJB as well as some material on JMS. Check which edition you get as the information dates quickly, though.
I was worried when I bought this book that they were attempting to cover too much, but I think they have done a remarkable job. This book really is the most readable introduction to J2EE I have found so far. It's just about small enough to carry about (unlike the massive Wrox tomes), and the API reference can help to keep it useful after you've absorbed the introductory material. It even has a basic SQL reference, which you don't get in some JDBC books!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good overview of Enterprise subjects 16 May 2001
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If you want to get a quick overview of what's involved in the Java Enterprise then this book covers most of it. Brief - and you'll probably need to refer to more in depth sources to expand on any of the subjects as each subject is covered in just one chapter. Can get wordy.
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