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on 26 August 2007
I picked this book up before taking an IBM class, and it really cleared up alot of ideas and misconceptions I had about websphere and J2EE. Then I took the IBM class, and things got all muddled again, so I re-read the book. I once again understand.

It's so frustrating when people over-explain or over-complicate technology. Of course, websphere is a pretty big monster, but when explained in simple, straight forward terms, it is easy to comprehend, and that is exactly what this book does - put websphere in simple and easy to understand terms.

If you're investing in websphere, here's some advice - invest in this book as well.
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on 5 September 2007
This book covers all the important websphere stuff, without going into the gory and confusing details. If you need to know all of the intricacies of an XA transaction architecture, well, this book isn't for you. If you want to know what WebSphere is all about, and the key ideas behind the IBM middle-tier, well, this is the book you need.
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on 18 December 2011
This book is an excellent introduction for a manager or developer willing to understand WebSphere and the J2EE specification from a very high perspective. It's not a deep introduction, the book just covers the most important topics but it does in a funny but yet illustrative form. We read the book in a couple of days, it's short and fast-paced. This book is the best book around for demystifying IBM's middle-tier technology. This is the right book for anyone who wants to learn WebSphere in a hurry and do not have much time in reading bulk books to understand. This is a total, required read for anyone working with, or planning to work with WebSphere

Whether you're a DBA, a senior systems analyst, a project manager, or a Java developer, there is knowledge in this book that you absolutely need to have.
The section on connection pooling and JDBC management will enlighten DBAs. The advanced sections on WebSphere classloaders, Java Naming (JNDI) and session management will enable developers to better leverage the services afforded to them by the WebSphere Application Server and the sections on the WebSphere
runtime will help J2EE architects make more enlightened infrastructure decisions.

I was happy put this review on our website as well [...]
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on 27 April 2009
This author is amaizing, the book does what it claims. Good brief intro to almost all aspects of Websphere that I being a Java developer need to start with. Good book for a Websphere starter/come-backer ;)
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