Book Review - JBoss - A Developer's Notebook by Norman Richards and Sam Griffith, Jr.
J2EE development is often seen as highly complex, and setting up the J2EE server from various vendors is nearly as bad. A good alternative to get running quickly is JBoss, a complete open source J2EE server which is designed to cut through all the complexity and vendor add-ons. A quick guide to get it running and working with it is JBoss - A Developer's Notebook by Normal Richards and Sam Griffith, Jr. (O'Reilly).
Contents: Installing and Running JBoss; Deploying an Application on JBoss; Creating a Complete Application; Connecting to a Real Database; Applying Security; Logging; Configuring Persistence; Managing and Monitoring JBoss; Rolling Out JBoss; Index
The Developer's Notebook series is a quirky format using a gridlined page with scribbled font text in the margins. You'll even find the occasional "water ring" on a page where a sweaty glass was set down. They're also small and to the point. It's not a step-by-step comprehensive tutorial, nor does it attempt to explain every last iota of information on the subject. It's a series of subjects followed by paragraphs of "How Do I Do That?" and "What Just Happened?" write-ups. This leads to a high degree of practicality and hands-on material.
Richards and Griffith have created a book that will be immensely useful to people who have some J2EE background or have worked with other J2EE servers before. By following the material, the reader can get the essentials necessary to start playing with JBoss in a matter of a couple of hours rather than days. If this is your very first exposure to J2EE, you won't get a lot of handholding here. There is the assumption of a certain level of background information. And if you're going to be using JBoss as a production-level J2EE server for your organization (yes, you *can* do that!), you'll probably want an additional book that goes into much more depth. But if you come in with proper expectations, it's a great resource.
Nice format, good writing, and a lot of meat packed into a small volume. Good job...