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Java Performance (Java (Addison-Wesley))
Java Performance (Java (Addison-Wesley))
by Charlie Hunt
Edition: Paperback
Price: £36.99

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb reference manual for JVM tuning, 25 Oct. 2011
I found out about this books existence in the last week, and within 24 hours had ordered a copy. It didn't disappoint.
As an enterprise application admin, I look to squeeze every last drop of performance from our JVMs, and this book is a superb reference to all aspects of JVM performance.
My one (minor) gripe is the focus on SPARC hardware and the Glassfish app server in certain sections.
Given one of the authors works on Glassfish, and is an employee of Oracle, I suppose this is fair. However, I would have loved some coverage of alternative application servers, and correspondingly increased coverage on the modern developments in processor architectures outside of SPARC.
One other gripe I have is that JDK 7 is hardly referenced at all, despite its architectural and performance underpinnings being publicly documented during the books gestation over the last 3 years.
For the most part, many of the documented performance improvements for 7 have been back-ported to various 6 updates, but I believe JDK 7 deserves a distinct section at some point in the book.

If you're a Glassfish and/or SPARC user, this is most certainly a 5-star book, but for X86 and/or Tomcat users, this will form a part of a wider library.
For that reason, I'm giving it 4 stars.

All in all, an extraordinarily useful addition to my performance reference library alongside High Performance MySQL: Optimization, Backups, Replication, and More


XPath 2.0 Programmer's Reference (Programmer to Programmer)
XPath 2.0 Programmer's Reference (Programmer to Programmer)
by Michael Kay
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Part 2 of great double-act, 28 Jan. 2007
This book, when complimented by Mr. Kays excellent XSLT 2.0 programmers reference, delivers a superb 1-2 knock-out on all things xslt 2.0

The two books, while certainly different, are quite dependent on one another, and should always be purchased together. The style of writing makes it very easy to pick up the book and find exactly what you need within seconds.

Overall highly recommended, but should definitely be bought with the XSLT 2.0 Programmers Reference by Mr. Kay.


XSLT 2.0 Programmer's Reference (Programmer to Programmer)
XSLT 2.0 Programmer's Reference (Programmer to Programmer)
by Michael Kay
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't write XSLT without it., 28 Jan. 2007
Absolutely indispensable guide to XSLT 2.0. Kay not only provides a fantastic reference for all the language features, but includes some excellent examples.

Readers should note that this book should really be ALWAYS bought with the XPath 2.0 programmers reference also by Michael Kay. The two languages are inseparable and you will constantly find yourself switching from book to book.

Kay also maintains the most well-known XSLT 2.0 processor currently available, Saxon, which you'd be well advised to also download (it's free and open-source).


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