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Tontang Bei
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Hi,
What is the best book for a complete beginner to learn weblogic? Also is it a good choice to use weblogic. I wish to get into integration field one day hopefully.
 
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J2EE Vendors are great at releasing product - releasing books to support those products, well, they're not quite so good. I haven't seen a WebLogic book released in a couple of years.

So, you want a good book on WebLogic? The Definitive Guide is only 3 years old. You can get it discounted pretty good at amazon:

WebLogic: The Definitive Guide by Jon Mountjoy, Avinash Chugh

WebLogic Unleashed is similarly up to date:

BEA WebLogic Server 8.1 Unleashed

Why WebLogic? Why not WebSphere? WebSphere is used by the big banks and insurance companies. They pay well.

If you're learning, and have no vested interest in vendor, JBoss has lots of online support, and some good books as well.

A good book on JBoss:

Boss - The Official Guide by The JBoss Group

Here's one that goes more into administration:

JBoss Seam: Simplicity and Power Beyond Java EE by Michael Juntao Yuan, Thomas Heute

And just for the record, if you do get into WebSphere, there are lots of free tutorials on my website.

Happy Java!

-Cameron McKenzie
 
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Thanks Cameron..youre responses are always helpful. But now im afraid im even more confused. I keep pendulating between the two weblogic and websphere. My eventual goal is to get into the EAI field like tibco BW. from that perspective is it better to go for websphere? they have the mq thing is for integration? I know that weblogic has an integration developer certification too. I hope Im not getting ahead of myself, but I always think its better to make correct choices early on.
 
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My blood runs blue, so I'm IBM biased. IBM is a big company, and they can really throw their weight around. They have big clients that are heavily vested in WebSphere. I think being IBM centric will provide a long list of future job opportunities. But again, I am biased.

On thing that is frustrating is the lack of a WebSphere 7 release. We still can't deploy version 3 EJBs to WebSphere. That's the only big drawback I see with WebSphere right now.

Administration is admin though. If you understand one, you can learn the other quite easily - at least that's my experience.

Happy Java!

-Cameron McKenzie
 
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