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on 15 July 2005
I expected a good book from these authors. They were, after all, intimately involved with the development of JBoss. I had expected that it would contain some introductory material which enabled the reader to quick start the process of running JBoss. Unfortunately the book is full of arcane listings which are badly formatted (the authors use the lazy turnaround symbol to indicate that two lines should be treated as if they were on the same line rather than use proper indentation).
If you are a heavy expert on Java and all the Enterprise stuff then this book is passable as a reference guide. For the majority, though, it will be a big dissapointment.
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on 13 January 2011
This book initially appears excellent but on more detailed examination it proves to avoid the more difficult aspects.

The book assumes JBoss and a database server are both on the same machine. Initially the examples use the database server embedded in JBoss and then a separate MySQL server. Fine for learning but not for a real internet site where the two would contend for computer resources. The book singularly fails to address the configuration necessary to make JBoss function with a database installed on a separate machine.

The examples in the downloadable source code function correctly with the specified, now dated, version 4 of JBoss. Some, at least, cause errors with later versions.

However, making the examples work in a more complex "real world" situation will prove quite challenging and require reference to other sources of information and a lot of thought.
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on 12 October 2005
I have been a big fan of O'Reilly's books since the early days. Lately however they seem to be churning new ones out with little thought for quality. This book being a prime example. I bought it because at the time it was one of the few JBoss books around. Unfortunately, I would have been better waiting. If you want to use JBoss with XDoclet or other technologies then this may be of interest to you (funny that one of the authors also has a book out on that technology). If you don't then stay away. They would have been better sticking to the core subject: how to get servlets, EJBs and JSPs working with JBoss. There is some interesting information in there but you'll probably need to continually cross reference with other reference sources to get it all to work.
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on 26 May 2006
This is a great compact introduction to JBoss that is idea if you have experience with another J2EE server (in my case WebLogic).

It has one of the highest ratios of facts to pages I have encountered in a technical book
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