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  • Paperback: 648 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 01 edition (20 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672326485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672326486
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.6 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,994,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you need to understand how JBoss works, why not learn it from the people who created it? JBoss 4.0 ― The Official Guide is the authoritative resource recognized as the official print documentation for JBoss 4.0. The only book for advanced JBoss users, this guide presents a complete understanding to configuring and using JBoss 4.0. It is fully up-to-date with the new features and changes in JBoss 4.0, including those used to integrate development with Eclipse, incorporate Aspect-Oriented Programming and implement J2EE 1.4 functionality months ahead of the commercial competition. Get under the hood and explore everything that JBoss 4.0 can offer you with JBoss 4.0 ― The Official Guide.

About the Author

JBoss 4.0: The Official GuideAbout the Authors

Scott Stark, Ph.D. started out as a chemical engineer and graduated with a B.S. from the University of Washington, and he later earned a Ph.D. from the University of Delaware. While he was at Delaware, it became apparent that computers and programming were to be his passion, so he made the study of applying massively parallel computers to difficult chemical engineering problems the subject of his Ph.D. research. It has been all about distributed programming ever since. Scott currently serves as the chief technology officer of JBoss, Inc., an elite services company based out of Atlanta.

Marc Fleury, Ph.D. started in sales at Sun Microsystems France. A graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique, France's top engineering school, and an ex-lieutenant in the paratroopers, he has a master's in theoretical physics from the ENS ULM and a Ph.D. in physics for work he did as a visiting scientist at MIT (working with X-ray lasers). Marc currently serves as the president of JBoss, Inc.

Norman Richards is a JBoss developer and is currently the maintainer of this guide. He graduated with a B.S. in computer science from the University of Texas at Austin, where he researched evolving neural networks to play the game of go. Norman is the co-author of XDoclet in Action (Manning Publications).


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By A Customer on 3 Nov. 2005
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I thought this book will quicken the development on JBoss. But disappointed as I started to read the pages. There is no joy in reading this book and the way it has been written there is no encouragement from the authers either. So much dump of code and Xml descriptors without adequate explanation in an understandable way for an ordinary user. The authors Scot and Mark are now at the top level management of JBoss group and I guess they are the initial architects and developers of JBoss. So from their perspective, coming down to an ordinary user level may be difficult.
I am going to buy the O'Reilly book 'JBoss at Work'.
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By A Customer on 3 Aug. 2005
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This book appears to have been written 'by developers for developers'. Herein lies the problem - hardcore developers aren't always that good at writing documentation. There is no gradual pacing of the document - that is, it jumps straight into highly technical stuff. I much prefer O'Reilly or WROX (or whatever its called now) for introducing basic concepts, and adding to these basic building blocks of understanding.
Other niggles: References to colored text in diagrams - whilst my version of the book is has grayscale diagrams only;
Appendix B mentions that the book comes with example source code. Mine didn't; The code examples are incomplete, but I suppose in the long run all the hacking trying to get even a simple example to work will pay off in a deeper understanding of how it all works (I hope?)
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The book is just a dump of the online Application Server Guide which can be found at [...] I feel like a sucker who was ripped off in a con game. Just another mark for the corporate con artists. Also, there isn't any source code with the book although it is referenced many times. If I could give it negative stars I would.
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Amazon.com: 2.7 out of 5 stars 11 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars JBoss 4.0 30 Nov. 2008
By John Najarian - Published on Amazon.com
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Great seller, condition (new), deliver was fast, prices low/reasonable.

Very well written book. Gives outstanding step by step instructions and explanations.

I would recommend this book if you are using JBoss 4.X. Be sure to check the version of JBoss before buying a book.
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A good reference manual 4 Jun. 2005
By Brian A. Egge - Published on Amazon.com
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If you like to read pages of XML and code examples than this book is for you. If you looking for load balancing & clustering strategies, then you'll be disappointed.

This book thoughly covers the JBoss software, but is lite on advice and guides. Nearly half the book is code examples, DTD diagrams, and XML.

I think this quote from the book is a good recommendation for the rest of it: "JBossMQ fully implements the JMS specification; therefore, the best JBossMQ user guide is the JMS specification."
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Reference But Nothing Above Free Documentation 16 Jun. 2005
By Hiking Hacker - Published on Amazon.com
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I picked up this book to flush out a particular topic. I found most of the text in the book on that topic to be identical to the free texts available through the jBoss site. It's a good desk reference, but I do not think it offers more than what can be found in the free documentation and maybe a few minutes spent on a search engine.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not current, but useful 23 Mar. 2010
By Ravi Narra - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is an old edition but I still find it useful. The book, though labelled as used was as good as new. I recommend the vendor.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed 3 Nov. 2005
By Javid Jamae - Published on Amazon.com
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Have you ever been to a technical presentation on a product where the speaker goes off on the inner-workings of their product without giving you any background or without explaining terms and concepts very well? Or, perhaps you've worked with or met a person who starts talking to you about something technical, assuming that you already know the context of everything they're talking about, but you're thinking "huh?". Well this is an entire book that is written in that style.

I bought this book because I have Norman Richards' "JBoss: A Developer Notebook" and I loved it. Though I realized the format of this book was different, I expected the quality to be as good. I was very wrong. This book is very esoteric and would have received a bit fat "F", had my technical writing professor from college graded it.

My first gripe is that if you flip through the book, it seems like most of the book consists of snapshots, code, DTDs, and schemas. They could have done a much better job selecting relevant information. Thus, the book is very bloated with content that is very impractical. I think a previous reviewer already hit on this point.

My second gripe is that the book seems to be written for somebody who is (or wants to be) a contributor to the JBoss project. Most people would buy a book on JBoss to learn how to deploy / configure applications or to read about practical design decisions. The book focuses heavily on the internal workings and design decisions of JBoss. Don't get me wrong, I think that JBoss has a great architecture, but I wouldn't expect the second chapter of the book to be about the JMX microkernel architecture.

My third gripe is that they don't give you background on many things. They just start talking about some JBoss component or class without explaining the fundamental concepts to you in layman's terms.

My fourth gripe is that the book lacks decent structure; it parades back and forth between topics. For example, in the second chapter, they start talking about MBeans, then they diverge and go into a very deep (and very hard to follow) discussion about the classloader architecture. Then, they come back to talking about XMBeans. Why didn't they just talking about all the different types of MBeans in order? If I wanted to reference this book, it would be a nightmare.

Some parts are slightly better than others, but the lesser of two evils is still evil. Overall I'm very disappointed and would not recommend spending your money on this book.
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