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JBoss Administration and Development

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<pre>Author/s : Marc Fleury, Scott Stark
Publisher : Sams;
Category : J2EE
Review by : David O'Meara
Rating : 7 horseshoes
Topics in the book "JBoss Administration and Development", range from J2EE basics, J2EE as presented in the JBoss server and a low-level exposure to the JBoss server components.
The coverage of J2EE first principles is impressive and is as good an introduction as you're likely to find. Unfortunately, it doesn't go deep enough to be directly useful as a source for learning J2EE.
The book is not about administration and development USING JBoss as much as it is about administration and development of the JBoss server ITSELF. Again the selection and coverage of topics is impressive, but there isn�t the exploration that would make this the only source required for any of the subjects. In addition, the amount of 'padding', such as code listings, outputs and large pictures, was highly distracting and accounted for almost a third of the content.
Overall, the best points about the book are that each topic includes source code that will get you started, and that it isn�t just a repeat of existing documentation for JBoss. Unfortunately it tries to cover too many topics and none to enough depth to be definitive in any particular area. In addition, the organisation of material is not designed for use as a reference tool, which will make it difficult when used to diagnose and solve specific problems.
"JBoss Administration and Development" is an important and worthwhile addition to the JBoss documentation, but is not enough to stand on its own.
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