Sams Teach Yourself J2EE in 21 Days Paperback – 4 May 2004
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From the Back Cover
J2EE has become required knowledge for any serious Java developer, but learning this large and complex specification requires a substantial investment of time and energy. Sams Teach Yourself J2EE in 21 Days, 2/E presents the enterprise Java architecture in accessible, easy-to-comprehend lessons, describing how each J2EE tool solves the challenges of n-Tier development. Using the architecture as a roadmap, chapters describe Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB), JavaServer Pages (JSP), Java Servlets, and more, giving readers a full understanding of J2EE development.
Further chapters cover the role of XML, custom JSP tags, creating J2EE Web Services, and how Java Connectors allow J2EE applications to interact with legacy and non-Java systems. The book finishes with sample applications which put all the pieces together, including an example using J2EE to create Web Services. Along the way, every concept is illustrated with practical, real-world examples to ensure understanding by Java students as well as experts.
About the Author
The authors of this book work for Content Master Ltd., a technical authoring company in the United Kingdom specializing in the production of training and educational materials. For more information on Content Master, please see its Web site at http://www.contentmaster.com.
Martin Bond, B.Sc. M.Sc. C.Eng, M.B.C.S., was born in Blackburn, England and went to University at Aberystwyth, Wales to study Pure Maths and Physics. Discovering Computer Science and programming was a lot easier than mathematics, Martin switched to a Computer Science degree. After graduating Martin did research into large scale software systems until the thought of earning money lured him into the commercial world. Martin was soon managing an R&D team developing parallel processing compilers for the occam language, but preferred to retain his hands-on technical skills and moved in open systems software design and consultancy. Since 1995 Martin has worked primarily as an independent trainer, course writer and technical author specializing in Unix, C, C++, Java and software design. Martin has written training courses on Unix, XML, Java and Solaris Security and co-authored Tomcat Kick Start (Sams Publishing, 2002). Martin currently lives on a smallholding in Cornwall, England.
Dan Haywood has been working on large and small software development projects for more than 12 years. These days, he fills his days with consulting, training and technical writing, specializing in OO design, Java and J2EE, Sybase technical consulting, and data modeling. Previously, Dan worked at Sybase Professional Services, performing a variety of roles, mostly in the financial industry, including architect, performance specialist, and project manager. Dan started his IT career at (what was then) Andersen Consulting, working as a developer on large-scale projects in government and in utilities. Dan is married and has a baby daughter.
Debbie Law B.Sc., was born in Romsey, England in 1959. Debbie started on compiler development for parallel processing systems, later working on the design and development of client server applications. Debbie now pays the bills writing technical books and training material as well as doing consultancy work for UK clients. Debbie has an honors degree in computer science from Southampton, England and currently works as an IT consultant based in Cornwall, England.
Andy Longshaw is a consultant, writer, and educator specializing in enterprise platforms, Web-based systems and Web services, particularly the design and architecture decisions required to use these technologies successfully. Andy has been explaining technology for most of the last decade as a consultant, mentor, trainer and conference speaker. A wild rumor suggests that some people have managed to stay awake in these sessions. Despite being well educated and otherwise fairly normal, Andy still subjects himself and his family to "trial by unpredictability" by watching Manchester City FC far more often than is healthy.
Peter Roxburgh graduated with a first class degree with honors in business, and has since followed a diverse career path. From his home in the medieval walled town of Conwy, North Wales, he authors a wide-variety of training courses, and books including Building .NET Applications for Mobile Devices (Microsoft Press, 2002). He has also written and contributed to a number of journals and Web sites on cutting-edge technologies.
Peter spends his spare time playing the guitar and bouldering on nearby sea cliffs and mountain crags. When he is not strumming or risking life and limb, he enjoys spending relaxing and quality time with his daughter, Chloe.
Top Customer Reviews
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!!!
If you're a programmer, this book is likely to be far more useful to you than the books such as "Applying Enterprise Java Beans", which are written by people too close to the development of J2EE itself.
This won't be an easy ride though - you will need to be proficient in Java already and be familar with much of the Java Standard Edition. Also be prepared to spend hours fiddling with tools and messing around with command lines - but that's par for the course with this topic!
Thanks to the authors for finally bringing the subject back to Earth.
Obviously first, you will need to be a proficient java programmer before learning J2EE. But don't be fooled, learning J2EE takes a lot of trial and error and practice if you are going it alone, no matter what reading material you have.
Reads more like "Teach Yourself J2EE in 21 weeks"!
What do you need to know before reading this book? Basically you need to understand the basic of java programming like classes, methods and parameters [e.g. MyClass.method(parameter,..)] and that java needs to import certain packages to be able to make some specific functions [e.g. import javax.sql;]. Apart from this I just highly recommend you to read very thoroughly chapter 1 and 2, they will guide you nicely to understand the J2EE technologies and how the different chapters in the book approach them. J2EE is a difficult subject to learn and "Sam's Teach Yourself" tackles it magnificently, it covers absolutely everything.
A case study is followed day after day and if for some reason you can't work out the answer one day, you just can download it from the website. I haven't had a problem with any of the code, they work fine.
I'd like to respond to the previous reviewer by saying that this book is not obsolete at all, you just need to download the correct J2EE which it could be "j2eesdk-1_4_02_2005Q2-windows.exe" for windows. The book clearly specifies which version of J2EE is using at the time of writing it, by common sense is not recommended to download the latest version of J2EE two years down the line.
The only problem is that it's quite impractical to finish the book in 21 days for a complete beginner, more like 21 weeks.
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