- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Packt Publishing Limited (December 15, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847195466
- ISBN-13: 978-1847195463
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 798 g
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Java EE 5 Development with NetBeans 6 Paperback – 15 December 2010
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David Heffelfinger is the Chief Technology Officer of Ensode Technology, LLC, a software consulting firm based in the greater Washington DC area. He has been architecting, designing and developing software professionally since 1995 and has been using Java as his primary programming language since 1996. He has worked on many large scale projects for several clients including the US Department of Homeland Security, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and the US Department of Defense. He has a Masters degree in Software Engineering from Southern Methodist University. David is editor in chief of Ensode.net (http://www.ensode.net), a website about Java, Linux, and other technology topics.
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This book was focused on Netbeans 6.1, and mentioned the menu paths and options for that during the tutorials. You had to figure out on your own how to do some details on Netbeans 6.5. Netbeans itself still has some bugs to further complicate some things.
I felt this book was too focused on the details and procedures of building it's particular tutorial examples. It may be a matter of preference, but I would of liked some more attention on the overview and philosophical concepts. I started having trouble keeping straight the general role or purpose of all the different EE features, and why they were invented. An organizational chart of how the different EE concepts or features fit together would of been a nice reference.
You can see how it uses windows of forms, where you type in various data, and it then makes HTML and XML markup based on that data. Far more robust than you manually writing markup, which is slower and highly error prone.
The text can also be used as a way to understand Java EE 5. This is more than just a way to write HTML. Using JSTL, it integrates to connecting to backend SQL databases. To this ends, NetBeans also is a top-down approach to generating SQL commands, which are then written as tags in markup. Useful if you only have a rudimentary knowledge of SQL. Similar to how NetBeans shields you from most HTML and XML.
Plus, NetBeans is also a front end to using java Servlets, JSP and JavaServer Faces. The first 2 have been around for several years and are quite mature. While JSF is newer, and is meant to be a standard web application framework, as an alternative to Struts or Spring. The book is an easy introduction to JSF, via NetBeans.
There is an awkwardness about many of the book's figures, however. The shading seems a little faded, and the contents of images inside the figures are not as crisply delineated as they could be. I think what happened is that screen captures were made of various NetBeans windows, converted to grayscale and then used as is. Perhaps some image enhancement steps could have been used to improve the renderings.