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Java Open Source Programming: With XDoclet, JUnit, WebWork, Hibernate (Java Open Source Library) [Paperback]

Joe Walnes , Ara Abrahamian , Mike Cannon-Brookes , Patrick A. Lightbody
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28 Nov 2003 0471463620 978-0471463627
Discover how to develop full–scale J2EE?TM applications quickly and efficiently using the best Open Source tools

Written by leading authorities in the field, this book shows you how to leverage a suite of best–of–breed Open Source development tools to take the pain out of J2EE and build a complete Web–based application. You′ll combine these tools to actually reduce the points of failure in your application, while increasing overall system stability and robustness. Along with the tools introduced here, you′ll develop the PetSoar application, which follows the PetStore application used by Sun Microsystems to demonstrate features of J2EE. With PetSoar, the authors focus on developing a maintainable and flexible application, rather than showcasing the end result, so that you can apply the material in your own projects.

In addition, the authors provide methods for utilizing Open Source software components for each stage of the development process.

The Open Source products covered include:
∗ Hibernate to aid with simple,flexible, and speedy transparent object persistence
∗ OpenSymphony WebWork to allow for pluggable view technologies and extensible configuration
∗ JUnit and Mock Objects to assist with rapid and robust unit testing
∗ XDoclet to assist with generating code and configuration files automatically
∗ Jakarta Lucene to add Google–style smart search capabilities to data stores
∗ OpenSymphony SiteMesh to aid in the creation of large sites with a common look and feel
∗ OpenSymphony OSCache to easily cache slow dynamic sections of Web sites resulting in faster–loading pages

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (28 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471463620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471463627
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 18.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,771,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Discover how to develop full–scale J2EETM applications quickly and efficiently using the best Open Source tools

Written by leading authorities in the field, this book shows you how to leverage a suite of best–of–breed Open Source development tools to take the pain out of J2EE and build a complete Web–based application. You’ll combine these tools to actually reduce the points of failure in your application, while increasing overall system stability and robustness. Along with the tools introduced here, you’ll develop the PetSoar application, which follows the PetStore application used by Sun Microsystems to demonstrate features of J2EE. With PetSoar, the authors focus on developing a maintainable and flexible application, rather than showcasing the end result, so that you can apply the material in your own projects.

In addition, the authors provide methods for utilizing Open Source software components for each stage of the development process.

The Open Source products covered include:

  • Hibernate to aid with simple,flexible, and speedy transparent object persistence
  • OpenSymphony WebWork to allow for pluggable view technologies and extensible configuration
  • JUnit and Mock Objects to assist with rapid and robust unit testing
  • XDoclet to assist with generating code and configuration files automatically
  • Jakarta Lucene to add Google–style smart search capabilities to data stores
  • OpenSymphony SiteMesh to aid in the creation of large sites with a common look and feel
  • OpenSymphony OSCache to easily cache slow dynamic sections of Web sites resulting in faster–loading pages

About the Author

JOE WALNES is an IT consultant for ThoughtWorks, specializing in development of Java–based enterprise software using agile techniques. He is also a core developer of the Open Source OpenSymphony project.

ARA ABRAHAMIAN is a J2EE software developer and the XDoclet project leader.

MIKE CANNON–BROOKES is the principal and founder of Atlassian, a J2EE software, service, and support company. He founded the OpenSymphony project and contributes to various other J2EE Open Source projects.

PATRICK A. LIGHTBODY is a software engineer with Spoke Software. He is also a primary developer on the OSWorkflow, XWork, and WebWork projects.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A missed opportunity 3 April 2004
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What a good book this might have been. It isn't an awful book but it could have been so much better. The premise of the book is to take the "Pet Store" and improve it by using several open source tools. The first part of the book discusses each of the tools with brief explanations and sample code. The second part takes us through the development process showing how to use the tools that were discussed earlier.
The good parts of the book are mostly in the second half. The authors apply each of the tools, explain test-driven development, demonstrate how and when to refactor code, etc. The integration of the different tools is made naturally so that it doesn't seem that the authors are trying to squeeze a tool in just to demonstrate it. The bad parts: this book desperately needs editing, both technical and for grammar. It is very distracting to see so much improper English usage including run on sentences, sentence fragments, and noun-verb disagreement. On the technical side, there are so many errors in the code that I doubt very much will actually compile, let alone run. Typical errors include methods declaring to return a value and not returning anything, closing files before they are used, and using variables that are not declared.
If you are interested in the technologies discussed and can debug the code in the book, there is a good amount of value. But it could have been so much better. Thomas Paul - JavaRanch
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3.0 out of 5 stars A missed opportunity 15 Mar 2004
By Thomas Paul - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
What a good book this might have been. It isn't an awful book but it could have been so much better. The premise of the book is to take the "Pet Store" and improve it by using several open source tools. The first part of the book discusses each of the tools with brief explanations and sample code. The second part takes us through the development process showing how to use the tools that were discussed earlier.
The good parts of the book are mostly in the second half. The authors apply each of the tools, explain test-driven development, demonstrate how and when to refactor code, etc. The integration of the different tools is made naturally so that it doesn't seem that the authors are trying to squeeze a tool in just to demonstrate it. The bad parts: this book desperately needs editing, both technical and for grammar. It is very distracting to see so much improper English usage including run on sentences, sentence fragments, and noun-verb disagreement. On the technical side, there are so many errors in the code that I doubt very much will actually compile, let alone run. Typical errors include methods declaring to return a value and not returning anything, closing files before they are used, and using variables that are not declared.
If you are interested in the technologies discussed and can debug the code in the book, there is a good amount of value. But it could have been so much better.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, well paced intro into O/S java, but I want more! 22 Sep 2004
By Konstantin Gredeskoul - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this book as part of my switch to java. I've been building web sites for almost 10 years in other languages, and decided to use this book together with Learning Java as a hand-by-hand real world tutorial on how to integrate the tools, properly configure your source tree, run your tests, how to setup your MVC web framework, validation, etc. I think that as a beginning real-world supplement to a java learner like myself, this book succeeds brilliantly. I do not mind poor grammar that other people are complaining about, as I myself was not born in an English speaking country. I do appreciate author's opinionated and passionate approach to subjects they discuss, such as test driven development, their choice of WebWork over Struts, their usage of Ant and jUnit.

I actually did download and compiled (and ran) the PetSoar example, so those reviewers that claim the code does not compile must have not actually tried it. It does work! I started a project based off the PetSoar example, so it was of great help to have that source.

But, there are a couple of issues that I feel could have been done better/differently.

1. The authors use the in-memory database HSQLDB for all of their development. I understand that using in-memory database allows you to test persistence stuff from unit tests, but I would have like to see that done in ADDITION rather than INSTEAD OF a regular database, such as Oracle/PostgreSQL/MySQL.

2. Most web-based applications also have a need for some sort of backend/daemon processes. I saw no mention of how to implement those within the context of WebWork/xWork. For example, a background thread that polls database table for changes is a very common requirement for many apps.

3. Would be great to at least touch on some open source queue (JMS) based implementation, and its integration into a web app.

4. Integration with Resin was out of date by the time I tried it and did not work. I am using Tomcat and would have prefered authors to show how to develop pages without having to reload the context every time the change happens (from Eclipse/IDEA).

5. Description of WebWork/xWork and Hibernate could use extra 10-20 pages each. The IoC concept was not explained that well (I felt), especially considering that the book seems to be targeted at someone like myself, who may not be well accustomed to an alternative. xWork's limitation that only actions can be "aware" of component interfaces makes it hard to design complex object hierarchies, where an action may not be the best place to put all your business logic.

6. Diagrams! Database design, class relationships, please - use UML!! One picture is worth thousand words! Use them! :)

Anyway, I think this book is great, but if there is ever a 2nd edition, it could benefit a lot from getting a bit of face lift, more in-depth analysis on select technologies, and more digrams.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two books in one: Reference and Case Study 30 Nov 2003
By Dion G Almaer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
There are always a few books that you know are in the works... but aren't due for completion for a long time. Sometimes you are really looking forward to getting them in your hands, and this book was one of these. "Java Open Source Programming" is an interesting title as it could mean so many things. I think this book is two things:
- A look at many great open source technologies that developers should have in their toolboxes such as:
. JUnit
. Mock Objects
. Hibernate
. WebWork
. SiteMesh
. Lucene
. XDoclet
- A chance to watch some good programmers walk through a project with these tools, and see how they all come together.
So you end up getting different things out of the book. It is nice to look at the technology in isolation when you really want to learn that one technology. It is also very helpful to see how these technologies integrate, and how you go about actually building something real (which is after all what we all want to do).
Since so many technologies are covered in the book, the authors have to really think about what they want to get across. If they documented every XML tag, for every possible configuration, you would end up with a tomb of information, and it would be pretty dry reading too. :) I think the authors do a good job of giving you the information that you really want. However, if you are an expert in one of the technologies then you may have wished for more... but for that you will have to wait for a book just on that technology.
I am a big fan (and user) of most of the technologies that are used in this book. Some of them have good documentation via their website, and some of them have NOT so good documentation. It is definitely worth having some high quality docs in one book that I can reference, instead of having to curse at the website.
I have to admit to one moment where I let out a groan. That was when I saw that the sample project would be another PetStore. I think a lot of people are probably tired of the PetStore, but here at TheServerSide that is probably doubly so! :) To be fair to the authors, they do have a section called "Looking at Yet Another PetStore" where they explain their reasons for it, and there are some valid reasons; but I still had to cry a little.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Test Driven Development in action 7 Feb 2004
By Andy Pols - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
For me the best thing about this book is that it shows you how experienced developers produce a well crafted, easy to test, web application. It walks you through using interfaces to separate the database from the code. It provides oooodles of examples of using mock objects to make testing easier. It shows how experts use Test Driven Development (TDD) on a real world (web) application.
Oh, and it uses some nice open source libraries along the way. One of the best ways to learn something new is to pair with an expert. The next best thing is to read a book like this!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, poor support site at Wiley 30 Mar 2004
By Grant Morgan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The other reviewers cover the editing and content of the book fairly well. I would like to add that at the end, the chapter on securing the application is very weak. They basically say we didn't do it very well for this app try OSuser. OSuser is not documented for version pre 1.0 and it seems 1.0 will not be released (you can get it from the CVS), OSuser 2.0 work has been started but the page has not been changed for 4 months (since about Nov. 2003). Also the publisher's (Wiley) site does have the complete download of the PetSoar which works, but the mailing list for discussing the book does not work, nor is there any errata after 4 months(2004/03)
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