<pre> Author/s : Jim Farley, William Crawford, David Flanagan Publisher : O'Reilly and Associates Category :J2EE and Distributed Computing Review by : David Vick Rating : 8 horseshoes</pre> This most recent �in a nutshell� offering from O�Reilly hardly seems like it�ll fit into a nutshell, at least not any nutshell I�ve ever seen. Despite the increase in size (almost double the size of the 1st edition), this book still manages to deliver a concise introduction to Enterprise Java. Part of the increase is the addition of chapters on JSP, XML, JMS, and Java Mail. Many of the chapters carried over from the 1st edition have been updated to the most recent specifications; JDBC 2.0, Servlets 2.2 and 2.3, and JSP 1.2. The entire book is an excellent reference to Enterprise Java, I would not advise it as the only book you have on the subject because it is very concise and an alternative source with different explanations would be very helpful (you can say that about almost any programming book though, so that is hardly any failing). The condensed API at the end of the book is very helpful and its expanded explanations of the different APIs makes it easier to understand them, as opposed to going straight from the Java Docs. Packed with both snippets and full length, compilable code, the examples are very helpful and help to illustrate all of the key concepts of Enterprise Java and go along way to improving the readers understanding. Even if you already have the first edition the additional, and updated content made this second edition a valuable edition to my reference collection. More info at Amazon.com http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0596001525/javaranch rel="nofollow"> More info at Amazon.co.uk
<pre> Review by : Jeanne Boyarsky Category :J2EE Rating : 9 horseshoes</pre> "Java Enterprise in A Nutshell" preserves the spirit of the Nutshell series, but weighs in a t 837 pages. Each chapter covers a different technology in a nutshell. Many of J2EE technologies, such as EJBs and JNDI. Others are J2SE technologies, such as JDBC and XML. There are also chapters on open source tools including Struts, JUnit and Hibernate.
Each chapters aims to be both a short tutorial to the topic containing the most important details. It isn't a complete reference because it is a nutshell, but the chapters still serve as a reference for common tasks. The appendencies contain a more detailed reference on certain topics, such as EJB-QL.
The authors are good about walking you through configuration files and the steps to do common tasks. Conceptual topics and terminology are also included, such as the servlet lifecycle and J2EE security. There are many code examples throughout. In addition to noting best practices, the authors explain when techniques are debated among developers.
The book moves at a fast pace for beginners, but I recommend it for any experienced developers who want a tutorial on different technologies. The only downside is that so many topics are covered, the book can't go into enough depth on each one.