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JBoss AS7 Book: Configuration, Deployment, and Administration

I have finally had a change to read the JBoss AS7 Book from PACKT. I have to admit, that this is very helpful book both for a developer and system administrator. It can be used both to grab an idea about JBoss AS 7 features and capabilities, as well as use it as a reference for JBoss AS7 configuration and management.

The book is divided into several chapter. The first ones deals with general things: installation and basic configuration. The following ones deal with configuration for Java EE. The remaining chapter discuss quite advanced topics, such as clustering, load-balancing and cloud computing.

What I especially in this book, that each chapter, or even each separate small part can be used separately without reading previous pages. The author also makes some useful comments and practical remarks. Additionally, the book contains many configuration examples.


[PACKT] JBoss AS 7 Configuration, Deployment and Administration

I have just been contacted from PACKT to review a book JBoss AS 7 Configuration, Deployment and Administration book. I agreed immediately, since PACKT releases quite good and qualitative stuff.

In two words, as the title says, the JBoss AS 7 book deals with administration topics, new and advanced features of the JBoss Application Server 7. It seems like it is a must-have book for everyone using or looking forward to migrate/update to JBoss AS 7.


Feminism in IT books?

Currently I am reading Agile Testing book, which is written by two women. The book is quite good by itself and encourages testers to be more active. Direct connections with agile methodologies are done, so the title is actually pretty valid.

But I am pretty confused about several things. As I mentioned, the book is written by two women. In the book you may find sentences like this:

Who's an agile tester? She's a team member who drives agile testing...


She's ready to gather and share information, to work with the customer...

Furthermore, the book actively agitates testers to be more active. Authors encourage testers to participate in development meetings. Even, if you are not invited:

See if you can arrange to be located near the developers. If you can't, at least come to their area to talk and pair test. Ask them to show you want they're working on. Ask them to look at the test cases you've written. Invite yourself to meetings if nobody else has invited you. Make yourself useful by testing and providing feedback, and become a necessity to the team.

Is it just me?

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[PACKT] Java EE 6 with GlassFish 3 Application Server

Java EE 6 with GlassFish 3 Application Server is another nice book from PACKT publishing.

It covers GlassFish administration. Then it talks about Java web technologies -- servlets, JSP, JSP STL, JSF. Also discusses database connections, Java Messaging Service, security of applications (you can find more about it in GlassFish Security book). The books also talks about EJBs and new possibilities in Java EE 6 -- contexts and dependency injection. In the last part it discusses JAX-WS and JAX-RS web services. And everything is accompanied with information how to do that with GlassFish application server.

I would very much recommend it to novice Java EE developers or just to developers, who want to have a glance on Java EE web technologies, JMS, Java EE 6 dependency injection, web services and how all that is configured in GlassFish application server. I would say, it is a crash course into Java EE.

The book is not covering each section is deep detail. But gives a broad view on different Java EE possibilities.

The book is full of working examples! What I very much like about it, is that it not only talks about the latest Java EE 6 technologies. But also briefly covers how application can be configured in order to work with older standards.


[PACKT] Java EE 6 with GlassFish 3 Application Server

Just received my new PACKT book Java EE 6 with GlassFish 3 Application Server.

From the table of contents I conclude that this book gives quite broad view on Java EE technologies and how to use them with GlassFish v3 application server. Although it is not covering some particular technology very detailed.

First chapter is about GlassFish -- how to setup it and configure. The following ones are about Java web technologies: servlets, JavaServer Pages, JSP Standard Tag Library, JavaServer Faces. Next, books talks about Java Messaging Service and security. Last chapter are the most interesting, in my opinion: Enterprise JavaBeans, Contexts and Dependency Injection and Web Services.

Anxious to read it!


GlassFish Security [PACKT]

GlassFish Security by PACKT is lying on my table. What I can say about it? Pretty nice book about security. I still wonder, why it has name "GlassFish" in the title. It covers a lot of interesting topics about Java EE security and talks about other software, which can help to secure Java applications, such as OpenDS or OpenSSO.

So if you are just about to design or develop complex Java EE application, I would recommend to take a look into this book to at least grasp the ideas about security management. Beside this, book also covers topics of easy security policies migration, which also may be somewhat interesting in our changing world.

And again, thanks PACKT for publishing yet another wonderful book!


A New Book About GlassFish Security

GlassFish Security Cover

I was granted a book from Packt about GlassFish Security. And that is something we want to improve in our products!

The book is about security in Java EE with EJB, Application Client modules and all the friends. Security in GlassFish is a central point of this book. And what is more, there are plenty of real world code and configuration samples. More information about the book can be found on dedicated page on Packt website.