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Oracle WebLogic Server 12c: Distinctive Recipes (Architecture, Development and Administration) Paperback – 9 Jan 2013

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  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: munz & more; one edition (9 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980798019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980798012
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,538,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Frank Munz is an expert in middleware and distributed computing. He earned a Ph.D. in computer science from the Technische Universität München for his work on distributed computing and medical imaging in brain research. He published more than 20 peer reviewed scientific papers. In 2011 Frank received the Oracle Technologist of the Year award for cloud computing. Frank was honoured as Oracle ACE Director by Oracle in 2013 yet continues to work as an independent IT consultant. Frank has over 15 years experience working for and on behalf of top middleware vendors and consultancies such as ConSol, Sun, BEA, TIBCO and Oracle, throughout Europe and Australia as a software architect, project manager and developer. In 2007 Frank founded munz & more - a cutting-edge consultancy focusing on Oracle middleware and cloud computing (see http://www.munzandmore.com). Based on over a decade of teaching experience with the big vendors, and its limitations, Frank is offering his own high-end training program world-wide now (Cloud Computing, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle WebLogic Server Architecture, Operations and Development, Performance Tuning, Oracle Service Bus 11g). He loves to talk about features and showstoppers and frequently speaks at conferences all over the world. When Frank is not working, he enjoys travelling in Southeast Asia, skiing in the Alps, tapas in Spain, and scuba diving in Australia. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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With this book, Frank Munz summarizes together valuable information from many years of substantial IT project experience. It covers topics starting from the selection of the underlying JVM for the Application Server to the proper setup of the JMS cluster. There is a particular focus on the setup of high availability cloud scenarios and other advanced topics related to distributed applications with WebLogic 12c.

The book shows the common issues in distributed Java EE web applications meaningful and adequate down to the level of architectures and system setups. And it shows the solution for typical pitfalls of administration and setups of a distributed server environment.
I could read the book as a technical editor in advance and consider it an important and useful addition to the existing literature and documentation for all WebLogic 12c projects. It is also worth reading for IT professionals who work for a long time with WebLogic, because there is always something new to discover!
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In the list of available books on Weblogic administration this is the most easily readable book on the subject. It is clear, to the point and has citations and references to the Oracle documentation for everything. Even with many years of Weblogic experience under my belt, I still ran into a large number of surprises and new insights. I especially liked the way the author weighs different choices in, for example, file or database stores for JMS. I would very much recommend this book to anyone with at least some knowledge of J2EE concepts who is looking into setting up a Welogic 11g or 12c platform in a professional environment.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful literature and documentation for all WebLogic 12c projects 15 Jan. 2013
By just be - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
With this book, Frank Munz summarizes together valuable information from many years of substantial IT project experience. It covers topics starting from the selection of the underlying JVM for the Application Server to the proper setup of the JMS cluster. There is a particular focus on the setup of high availability cloud scenarios and other advanced topics related to distributed applications with WebLogic 12c.

The book shows the common issues in distributed Java EE web applications meaningful and adequate down to the level of architectures and system setups. And it shows the solution for typical pitfalls of administration and setups of a distributed server environment.
I could read the book as a technical editor in advance and consider it an important and useful addition to the existing literature and documentation for all WebLogic 12c projects. It is also worth reading for IT professionals who work for a long time with WebLogic, because there is always something new to discover!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a truly fresh source of practical wisdom! 22 Jan. 2013
By SydneyAdminMan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After meeting the author Frank Munz at one of his Sydney workshops I've been keeping an eye out for this book he promised. And what a cracker!
One of the refreshing things about this book is that it's written by an independent consultant with hands-on experience. So the author doesn't just describe what he likes, but is also honest about Weblogic shortcomings and the consequences.
The Node Manager chapter was especially useful, answering plenty of key questions.
Don't make me wait so long next time Frank!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful recommendations 18 Jan. 2013
By Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am usually working with other technologies but looking more into WebLogic now. This is the only good book covering WebLogic 12c I could find. By browsing the topics of the "WebLogic Distinctive Recipes" I discovered helpful recommendations, e.g. regarding WLST (good webcast tutorial!) or the discussion about file vs. JDBC persistent stores (interesting: it's not always about performance; reconnect issues, availability ...).
Content and length of the recipes are just right for me!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beginners delight 11 May 2013
By Gregory Cooper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
While most of the info may be available from Oracle documentation it's good to see a concise, easy to read book that includes a lot of extra pointers to tools, tips and tricks for anyone starting out into the complex world of Oracle Fusion Middleware.
I picked up some good tips in the first half a dozen chapters and am still working through it.
Probably not for the very experienced middleware admin but definitely a good start.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of various topics 9 July 2013
By M. Eisele - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It has been some time since I last read a book about WebLogic. I enjoy working with this server and I am always on the hunt for new books covering different aspects. Frank Munz published his "WLS Distinctive Recipes" book early this year and I was more than happy that he send a review copy to me to have a detailed look. One Sentence about me: I'm an Oracle ACE Director for Fusion Middleware. Been with WebLogic since 5.1 (back in the BEA days ...) it is my server of choice ..oO(beside GlassFish ...)

The Content
As the title suggests, the book features "recipes". 64 in total. If you remove the preface and the index you end up with 417 pages full of content which is a great value. The individual recipes are organized in four steps (Situation - Solution - Directions - More?). The situation describes the problem domain generally. The solution part gives a recommendation and dives a little deeper into it. The More? part finally points the reader to a bunch of links into the Oracle documentation, webcasts or even youtube for further information on the selected topic. The topics range from licensing to EJB covering SOA and individual products like JMeter, BadBoy and Grinder. So it is a colorful mix of WebLogic related topics without a true theme throughout the book. It would be good to follow the suggestion and use the individual recipes as you need them. Reading the book from front to back wouldn't make much sense at all. The length of the recipes highly depends on the covered topic. Clustering found it's place on eight pages which honestly isn't enough to describe the details but good for giving an overview together with some specific tips which require a deeper knowledge of the topic than the book provides.

Writing and Style
An easy read for me as a non-native speaker/reader. Common vocabulary from the WebLogic and Java EE domain and comparably short sentences which makes it easy to follow. You find a couple of screenshots and illustrations around which helps understanding the basics. The font is readable and plenty of space next to the heavy head- and sub-headlines makes it feel fluffy and light. As usual and recommended by the author himself I did not read every single recipe but picked a few that caught my attention.

Conclusion and recommendation
To make it short it is a great collection of various topics Enterprise Java developers tend to run into with a solid "More?" section for further details. The missing theme makes it hard for beginners to take advantage from it. The very basic overviews and brief outlines of the solutions makes it a questionable valuable for advanced WebLogic developers. This turns around if you try to put yourself into the admin domain. This book obviously hasn't been written to support developers on the first hand. It was probably meant for the guys doing WebLogic operations. Coming from this side of the pond much of the stuff starts making sense.
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