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Best reading sequence and HF author contact (to the authors of HF)

 
Dani Mazzuca
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Hi,
I am almost starting to prepare for the exam and for a deep and detailed learning of EJB. I have the books from R.Monson, Ed Roman, and I pre-ordered the HF from Amazon.
My intention was to read them in the following sequence:
  • Ed Roman: friendly
  • Monson: more detailed
  • Specs: even more detailed
  • HF: focused on the exam


  • However, after reading the last few messages, and because of the *retention and recall* goal emphasized by the HF, I am thinking to start with it.
    If the authors are still hanged around JavaRanch site, could you please comment what you think is the best reading sequence to follow?
    Note I am not new in the J2ee arena, have a huge Java experience, and actually finished reading the j2ee pattern book from Sun (2nd ed).
    Also, I would like to know how the authors consider is the best way they can be reached because of some possible errors, typos (hope there are no one ), doubts and book comments.
    Do you prefer to be contacted through this forum, the O'Reilly site or someone else?
    Thank you in advance,
    Dani Mazzuca
    [ November 02, 2003: Message edited by: Dani Mazzuca ]
     
    Bert Bates
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    Hi Dani,
    Kathy and I have both been developing software for a long time. We think of HF books as intro books for people who want to get a solid foundation in a technology new to them, in a short amount of time. When we wrote HF Java we kept asking ourselves: "What book would we have wanted when we were first learning Java?" (Actually Kathy was born knowing Java ). We asked the same question about EJBs when we wrote HF EJB. So from you've said I'd say (duh ), start with Head First EJB, then go to RM-H's book. It's a great idea to have the spec around, but I'm not sure everyone needs to read it - some people like to read specs, and as specs go this one is fairly accessible.
    In terms of errata... how dare you! :roll: Ok, there *might* be an error or two (in fact, we already found one). The best way to let us know is to send an email to either kathy.sierra or bert.bates @wickedlysmart.com. We catch *most* of what happens on this forum, but if you post an errata here it might slip by us.
     
    Gustavo Torreti
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    Hello, Dani!
    lemme drop a line concerning this sequence...
    Well, As you seem not to be a rookie on j2ee, using the HF book on ejb will probably give you a great understanding of the ejb world pretty fast.
    Also, if you have toe opportunity to actually work with it, your chances of getting good at that (and also getting certified) are pretty high.

    I don't think you'll find any mistake on the book that could lead you to a learning problem, as it had been exaustively reviewed.
    ( I helped on the review )

    Regards,
    Gus
     
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