<pre>Author/s : Igor Livshin Publisher : Apress Category :J2EE Review by : Johannes de Jong Rating : 6 horseshoes</pre> Instead of going on a WSAD course that costs you in access of $1500, rather purchase this book, it has everything you need to learn the basics for WSAD. I liked Igor's writing style and found easy to understand and follow. Having said that, this book has some shortcomings though. It suffers from, "code bloat", code that doesn't get discussed and adds nothing to the teaching process. I also found that the format left a bit to be desired, at one place for instance, one is shown how to build the container relationship between two entity beans whilst the project has not even been built. Why not simply "do" the project first ?? The book falls short of Igor's wish of it becoming a "Websphere Bible", but I do recommend it, if you are starting out with WSAD.
Could you elaborate on "if you're starting out with WSAD"? I've been using Eclipse for about a year now, and am pretty aware of the UI. Should I go for this book for learning the WSAD-plugins or would I be bored thinking "I knew all this"?
Lasse the book states that plugin development is beyond the scope of the book. Even though you have used Eclipse for a year I think this book might be worth looking into. It shows you how to program for J2EE in (or is it under) WSAD 5.0 this includes database basics, JMS basics. Please note the word basics. I'm a pretty advanced JMS & IBM MQ programmer under WSAD and this book brought me nothing new. It did howerver give me a great start for developing database projects, somtehing I have not done under WSAD yet. I suggest you browse the book before you purchase it to see if it will teach you something. [ January 14, 2004: Message edited by: Johannes de Jong ]
Thanks for the info! By the way, with "learning WSAD-plugins", I meant "learning to use the provided WebSphere-specific plugins". I already have Beck & Gamma's "Contributing to Eclipse", which is a great resource for Eclipse plugin development all by itself (especially if you're into TDD ).