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This review is from: Sams Teach Yourself J2EE in 21 Days (Paperback)
This book is outdated to the point of being useless. The examples throughout this book rely heavily on the use of databases, unfortunately the one the book is written for (pointbase) is no longer included with the application server (which you also need), and to make matters worse it now costs to use pointbase.
The book does point out early on that the examples can be easily modifed to work with other databases (namely the supplied apache derby). This is not true, it might be relatively easy for an experienced j2ee engineer to do this, but seeing as you want to learn this technology I doubt you are one of those.
The subject matter (j2ee) is extremely complicated and having to heavily mod every example you come across just isn't acceptable in a book aiming to rapidy teach a very complex subject. The book also uses outdated versions of the technology itself and as such I'd strongly advise against this book and to wait for the third edition, the current edition should really not even be offered anymore (at least without THIS IS OBSOLETE written on the front cover).
I wasted 30 pounds on this so you don't have to!!!