Oracle WebLogic Server 12c Advanced Administration Cookbook Paperback – 18 Jun 2013
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About the Author
Dalton Iwazaki lives in Sao Paulo, Brazil and started working with technology in 1994 in a school lab, at the age of 17. As a system administrator, Dalton configured and maintained the network (Novel 3.12), the computers (Window 3.11, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 95), and the Internet. He also took his first steps in programming by building the school website in ASP and a computer voting system to simulate the election process in Delphi.
In 1999, Dalton moved to a new company and started working with Java development. During this period, he worked on many Java server-side applications and dug deep to understand the use of JDBC, JMS, JMX, XML, and multithreaded applications. He built some frameworks from scratch to help the development, and started working on the Application Server world with IBM Websphere, Resin, Tomcat, JBoss, and BEA WebLogic. Until 2004, Dalton moved around to other companies working either as a Java developer or Java Architect.
In 2004 and 2005, Dalton worked as a Software Development Manager; he lead 10 developers to build the entire website, provisioning and back office operations of a new ISP Provider with a variety of integrations and languages, such as Java, VB, C#, Perl, and PHP. Dalton then moved to a large international bank to work as a project manager in 2005 and 2006. His role was to manage the Internet Banking and Credit Card portals and integrate the business clients and the development team. From 2006 to 2008, Dalton started and worked on his own company, a design agency focused on the delivery of web solutions.
In 2008, Dalton started working in partnership with Oracle Consulting on the infrastructure level of the WebLogic Server. In the following year, Dalton started a new company named VN Tecnologia, an IT professional services provider and Oracle Partner Network member. Working together with Oracle's clients and projects, Dalton's solid expertise in infrastructure and Java development are a rare combination used in his specializations - WebLogic Server configuration, administration, troubleshooting, and tuning. You can reach Dalton Iwazaki at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
on how to built and administer web logic server cluster!
The author (an experienced WebLogic consultant) also explains some of the new features of WebLogic 12c, such as RESTful Management services. I was happy to see recipes on how to customize the user interface of the administration console and how to recover encrypted usernames and passwords stored in WebLogic. The recipes have given me a lot of ideas that can definitely help me become a better WebLogic administrator, so I am excited to apply the knowledge I gained from this book. It wasn't just a re-hash of documentation, it was real-world recommendations from someone who knows WebLogic from working with it for years.
From a quality standpoint, the book was well edited and I didn't notice very many typos or egregious grammar mistakes. I was impressed by the number of experienced reviewers that reviewed the book prior to its publication, and I'm sure it helped make a great book even better.
For the next edition of this book, it would be good to see an expanded explanation of NodeManager and how it works. NodeManager can be a little bit tricky to master so I would love to see the author explain it further and share his insights on any "gotchas" that one may encounter while using it. I think the part on JRockit Mission Control could also use a few more recipes to further explain its capabilities. A chapter on the nuances of deploying applications could also be helpful. In contrast, there is a lot of information on configuring WebLogic's Java Message Service (JMS) capabilities.
I was sad to see this book end because I learned a lot from it. I had never gotten much out of the WebLogic console's help documentation, so this book helped me understand some of the server's advanced features I had never been able to decipher previously.
I can't help but this books has something in common with the other "recipes oriented book". One main difference is, that it is organized in chapters and does not only list the individual recipes but tries to order them a little bit more, which makes sense to me. In chapter one, installation and configuration is covered (11 recipes). Chapter two explains how to set up a WebLogic Cluster (9 recipes). In Chapter three you're guided through how to configure and tune JDBC resources focused on high availability (8 recipes). JMS configuration for clusters is covered in chapter four (11 recipes). Chapter five deals with monitoring and available tools (7 recipes). Followed by chapter six which covers some troubleshooting tips for common problems (8 recipes). Configuration for production environments with respect to resilience, stability, and performance is covered in chapter seven (9 recipes). And finally chapter eight dives into security configuration (5 recipes).
If I didn't count wrong this makes 68 recipes on 260 content pages. Compared with the 64 recipes of Frank's book this a bit more than half of his book. Every recipe Starts with a "Getting ready" preface which basically explains what is going to happen and what should be in place already. The "How to do it..." section gives a detailed, step-by-step explanation which is followed by the "How it works..." paragraph summarizing what exactly happened. The "There's more ..." and "See also" sections point you to related recipes or individual hints from the author.
Writing and Style
Another easy read. Thank you to the editors and the author for taking care of not native speakers. The step-by-step explanations make this easy to follow for beginners and occasional screenshots help with details. "Reading" from front to back surprisingly doesn't make lot of sense. It is more like a toolbox which solves your issues if you run into them. I did compare it with the "other" cookbook and reading this one wasn't equality surprising as Frank's book was. The main difference here is that it has word "Administration" in it's title. I guess it is clear that this is not primarily meant for developers. Even if it would be a good start for everyone which has to deal with WebLogic and really don't want to dive into administration too much.
Conclusion and recommendation
I like it. It covers all the basics and advanced topics I consider important for administrators but also for developers who need to understand the basic concepts and individual advanced topics like cluster configuration for production. I wasn't expecting a developer centered book which also added to this positive experience.
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