Title : Java EE Applications on Oracle Java Cloud: Develop, Deploy, Monitor, and Manage Your Java Cloud Applications (Oracle Press)
Author/s : Harshad Oak
Publisher : McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Category : Other Review by : Jeanne Boyarsky
Rating : 5 horseshoes
"Java EE Applications on Oracle Java Cloud" targets a very broad audiences. Those looking to learn Java EE, those looking to deploy to Oracle Java Cloud,, users of Oracle middleware technologies and business users/technical managers/consultants needing an introduction to Oracle Java Cloud. I'm skeptical when I see such a large audience. This particular one seems like it was written by marketing. I think this book is best for those who know Java, but not Java EE who have either decided to use Oracle Java Cloud or are interested in trying out any cloud.
The book starts out strong giving good background on terms like PaaS. It also talks about competing clouds. While the book focuses on NetBeans, there is a brief explanation on how to integrate Oracle Java Cloud with other tools like Eclipse and Maven. The section about choosing a cloud provider felt like it was written by marketing, but the rest was technical.
It's hard to introduce all of Java EE in a 250 page book even if you are not covering cloud so it is a quick intro. That would be fine. However, I took issue with two of the statements in the book. Page 99 says "despite most books and blogs recommending JSF over JSP." Maybe they mean over just JSP vs servlets/JSP (MVC). Page 107 says about scriptlets "If used judiciously, scriptlets can save a lot of time and effort, but if used too much....". The chapter then describes <%! %>, <% %> and <%= %>. All of these have been considered bad practice for a decade.
While the parts about Oracle Java Cloud were good and I'm willing to ignore the marketing written target audience, I can't rate a book recommending scriptlets to a new Java developer any higher than five horseshoes.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing this review on behalf of CodeRanch.