Sebastopol, CA--The new Oracle Application Server is a middle-tier application platform suite that offers a wide range of functionality, including Java runtime and development tools, portal development tools, business intelligence, single sign-on identify management, and much more. It's so powerful and complex, in fact, that many people who use the product are familiar with only a portion of the entire range of its capabilities. The choices can overwhelm, and few people grasp how the larger issues--such as the interplay between components or the various architectural choices in the product--play out in the Oracle Application Server.
"Oracle's Application Server is quite diverse in its capabilities," explains Robert Stackowiak, coauthor of Oracle Application Server 10g Essentials (O'Reilly, US $34.95) along with Rick Greenwald and Donald Bales. "Often, its capabilities are not fully understood or known. For example, some who use the Application Server as a Java middle-tier solution for deployment may not realize that the Application Server can also provide a business intelligence solution for ad-hoc query and reporting."
"Oracle Application Server is steadily gaining market share," adds coauthor Donald Bales, "and a book like this, which explains in straightforward language how the server works--including its benefits and capabilities--will be invaluable to anyone who needs to make a decision on which server to choose."
The book distills an enormous amount of information about the product and its components into a compact, easy-to-read volume filled with focused text, illustrations, and helpful hints. The authors note that it will appeal to everyone from technology implementation specialists to IT managers. As Stackowiak explains, "The book's intended audience includes those who are evaluating application servers as well as those who have already chosen the Oracle Application Server but want to understand everything it is capable of."
More comprehensible than a large reference and more detailed than a primer, Oracle Application Server 10g Essentials provides a foundation for understanding and using Oracle Application Server effectively and efficiently. Readers concentrate on the most important issues and components of the server, focusing primarily on principles rather than syntax.
Divided into three concise sections, the book covers server basics, core components, and server functionality. The book opens with the history of Oracle Application Server, its architecture, management, standards, and third-party support for languages and tools such as Java, Perl, and HTTP. The next section covers Oracle's web server, containers for Java web caching, and the server's security features. Finally, the book discusses HTML development, Java development, and Oracle development. Although the book refers mainly to Oracle Application Server 10g, the authors also describe features in earlier product releases where necessary, particularly Oracle9i Application Server.
Regardless of which of the server's capabilities readers use, they will benefit from this tightly focused, all-in-one technical overview. It's written for anyone who is concerned with using and managing web servers, whether they are involved with Java development and deployment; develop for Oracle Portal; or use and administer business intelligence, mobile, or integration software.
"I'm delighted with the work that Rick Greenwald, Robert Stackowiak, and Donald Bales have done in putting together the first comprehensive overview of Oracle Application Server 10g and its various components," states Thomas Kurians, senior vice president of Oracle Server Technologies, Oracle Corporation. "Based on the authors' own wide experience with the product, every reader--whether beginner or expert--will find that this book provides them with an invaluable framework for understanding how to use the product most effectively."
Oracle Application Server 10g Essentials
Rick Greenwald, Robert Stackowiak, and Donald Bales
ISBN 0-596-00621-7, 262 pages, $34.95 US, $50.95 CA
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