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Java Enterprise in a Nutshell : A Desktop Quick Reference

Java Enterprise in a Nutshell : A Desktop Quick Reference (Nutshell Handbook)
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Java Enterprise in a Nutshell : A Desktop Quick Reference (Nutshell Handbook)
by David Flanagan, Jim Farley, William Crawford, Kris Magnusson, Kris Magnusso

Paperback: 604 pages
Dimensions (in inches): 1.12 x 9.02 x 6.05
Publisher: O'Reilly & Associates
ISBN: 1565924835; (September 1999) Java Enterprise in a Nutshell gives advanced Java developers a one-stop resource for programming with the disparate APIs required for today's enterprise development, including JDBC, RMI, servlets, and EJBs. Beginning with JDBC database programming, the book gives a chapter-by-chapter tour of various enterprise development APIs, including program strategies for each API. For JDBC, the book includes new Java 2 JDBC enhancements like batch and recordsets.

Next comes Java's Remote Method Invocation (RMI) classes for calling remote code. Then it's on to using Java IDL and CORBA basics. A chapter on Java servlets will get you started delivering dynamically generated HTML using Java on Web servers, including useful material on cookies and session management. After coverage of the Java Naming and Directory Interface (JNDI) comes a solid exploration of EJBs with material on both session and entity beans. Specifics here include home and remote interfaces, EJB containers, stateless vs. stateful session beans, and entity beans for accessing corporate databases.

Overall, this handy and readable guide to the latest in Java APIs can be truly invaluable to the developer bringing Java to the corporate enterprise for the first time. --Richard Dragan

Book Description: Java Enterprise in a Nutshell is an indispensable quick reference for Java programmers who are writing distributed enterprise applications. The book provides fast-paced tutorials on the following Java Enterprise APIs:
• JDBC, a vendor-independent API for accessing relational database systems
• RMI, a Java-only approach to distributed computing that relies on remote method invocation
• Java IDL, a CORBA-based, language-independent approach to distributed computing
• Java servlets, a mechanism for extending a web server that allows Java code to perform tasks traditionally handled by CGI scripts
• JNDI, a generic Java API for working with networked naming and directory services
• Enterprise JavaBeans, a component model that separates high-level business logic from low-level housekeeping chores like security and transaction management

These APIs are the building blocks of the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE), Sun's recently announced new platform for enterprise computing. J2EE is the standard Java 2 platform with a number of extensions for enterprise development.

Java Enterprise in a Nutshell also contains O'Reilly's classic-style, quick-reference material for all of the classes in the various packages that comprise the Enterprise APIs. This material includes the core Enterprise APIs that are part of Java 1.2, as well as numerous standard extensions.

This book is a companion to both Java in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition, which covers the key non-graphical, non-enterprise APIs in Java 1.2, and Java Foundation Classes in a Nutshell, which describes the graphics- and GUI-related classes of Java 1.2.

Ingram: A quick reference for anyone who is doing enterprise development with Java, these pages cover the RMI, IDL, JDBC, JNDI, and Java servlet APIs, providing a fast-paced tutorial on each of the technologies.

Customer Reviews
A lot of shortcomings, August 6, 2000
Reviewer: Wolfram Rittmeyer from Münster, Germany

This is the first O'Reilly-book I'm a bit of disappointed with.

"Java Enterprise in a Nutshell" simply ignores a lot of APIs/packages of the J2EE, like javax.servlet.jsp, javax.naming.event, javax.naming.ldap or the whole javax.mail-API, some of which surely have a great practical relevance. On the other hand it has a quick reference of SQL, something that does not really belong here. It wouldn't have disturbed me, if all relevant APIs had been covered, but they hadn't.

All covered APIs on the other hand are as good dealt with as always.

Because of the given shortcomings: just 3 stars.

A Good Quick Reference, December 13, 2000
Reviewer: Eric Dubuis from NJ United States

The book "Java Enterprise in a Nutshell" is a dense overview of some of the packages in J2EE. The book has three parts: An introduction, an enterprise reference and an API reference. The introduction describes each package, gives some examples and pointers for further readings. The second part contains reference material on SQL, RMI Tools, IDL and IDL tools and CORBA Services. The API reference lists the complete API of the packages covered by this book.

This text is very well written and does an exceptional job in describing the J2EE packages JDBC, RMI, JNDI as well Servelets, EJB and the Java IDL. The chapters are well structured and very clearly written. And they achieve their goal without filling hundreds of pages. Very good.

Unfortunately the book does not cover all of today's packages of J2EE but I guess that's the price to pay if the book has to be on the market early enough.

The book has some holes, but for the material it covers, it is one of the best, if not the best, books available.

Excellent but Incomplete and Dated Reference for J2EE, November 6, 2000
Reviewer: schapel from Iowa City, IA USA

This book had the misfortune of being written before Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) was available. As a result, the book doesn't cover some of the packages in J2EE and refers to the packages not in J2SE as "standard extensions". The material the book does cover is still relavent, but will become even more dated with the release of the next version of J2EE. I look forward to the second edition of this book, which I hope would add JSP, XML, and JavaMail to the list of topics, and also cover newer versions of the J2EE APIs.

The information given in the book is sketchy in places, and it's in these places that Java Examples in a Nutshell comes in handy. These two books make an excellent pair. But if you're looking for a complete reference to J2EE, this isn't it (yet).

Not kind of book I were looking for..., June 15, 2000
Reviewer: Vlad Zabrodskiy

Gives a good overview of Java Enterprise solutions, but with MINIMAL depth. You can buy it as a guide to further reading on the topics it describes. Do not look for practical solutions here.

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