MEAP is abbreviated for Manning Early Access Program where you get early access to the book, chapter by chapter, as soon as they become available. By subscribing to MEAP chapters, you get an opportunity to participate in the most sensitive, final piece of the publishing cycle by offering feedback to the author. Reader feedback to the author is welcome in the Author Online forums. After all chapters are released, you will be able to download the complete edited ebook. If you order the print edition, we will ship it to you upon release, direct from the bindery, weeks before it is widely available elsewhere.
More details can be found on Manning MEAP site.
Javaranch and Manning are together running a MEAP promo/giveaway which is in addition to the ongoing book promo. To participate in this promo all you need to do is to reply to this thread with your experiences of how a MEAP helped you in the past or if you havent tried MEAP before, how would you make use of a MEAP if you were to get one.
Manning Marketing employees would then pick one of the most creative responses and the winner would get to choose the MEAP of their choice for FREE.
Manning authors are most welcome to share their experiences but are not eligible to participate in the book giveaway.
Unfortunately, there is lot of conflicting information about what's the best way to use Spring is. Spring In Action is very useful because it tells you what the right way of doing things is. Having early access to the Third edition (in addition to the full copy of Second edition) made it even more useful because I had early access to the latest solutions. I would try to look up in the Third Edition to find the latest way of doing something. If that chapter wasn't published, I'd look it up in the Second edition.
Although most technologies are documented in some form online, I find it good to "quote" from hard-sources when
fighting internal architecture and standards battles.
I am a Snr. JEE Architect for one of the world's largest insurance companies, and change is sometimes slow ;)
My coolest MEAP experience is when I asked for a book to review from Manning a bit too early and got a MEAP instead. I reviewed it and part of my quote was on the back cover. Way cool!
Great book, great product, i could not wait for the paper book to be printed to discover all the features of this nosql database.
And there is nothing as efficient as reproducing the book example to learn how to use the product.
Just after I was able to start implementing my own use cases with MongoDB.
Thanks Manning !
That way I have the "bookshelf" copy for the house, but also a convenient e-copy on the tablet to carry everywhere.
Having early access to the preliminary E-Book versions is a nice bonus, though.
Have bought about a dozen MEAPs and so far happy with each.
Cheers, Candace Gillhoolley