<pre>Author/s : Brian Sam-Bodden, Christopher M. Judd Publisher : Apress Category :J2EE Review by : Andrew Monkhouse Rating : 7 horseshoes</pre> I found this to be a very well written book, with the authors clearly having very good knowledge of the tools they presented.
While I expected the book to cover a few of the better know Java Open Source technologies, I was pleasantly surprised to find that also included were many of the "glue" tools which are practically a requirement to get a complete solution working. For example, any book with this scope is going to mention Ant and JBoss, but the authors took it several steps further, and included information on other tools to help you manage JBoss, and tools to help you generate your code (XDoclet and MiddleGen).
On the downside, there were several occasions where the book could have mentioned alternative open source products (e.g. other EJB containers than just JBoss) - this was not consistent as in some cases multiple products were described. I also feel that the book would have benefited from some suggestions on how different tools could be compared. The other concept I didn't like was the huge example application they presented - it is essential to download the source code, as there is no way such a large example application could be described in the book.
I would recommend this book to anyone considering using Java within their enterprise that would like to learn about some of the open source options available.