May 28, 2003
Java Database Programming--From Architecture Through Development: O'Reilly Releases "Java Database Best Practices"
Sebastopol, CA--One of the more enduring debates among chess players
revolves around the value of strategy versus tactics. New players
quickly discover that losing a significant number of pieces is
tantamount to losing the game, therefore--since authorities equate the
losing of pieces with chess tactics--novices are often taught to
emphasize tactics over strategy. To a new player, it doesn't matter how
strategically you've positioned your knight on d6 if you inadvertently
lose your queen on the next move. But in fact, no matter how well their
respective values are argued, strategy and tactics are closely
interwoven: a good strategy assumes the existence of a set of sound
tactics. You need both in order to play well.
Java database programming, like chess, is a blend of well-conceived
strategy supported by strong, underlying tactical choices. Until
recently, the choices were limited. If you wanted to access a database
in Java, you used JDBC. Today, Java programmers can choose among a
multitude of APIs and technologies--EJB, JDO, JDBC, SQL, RDBMS, OODMBS.
In his new book, Java Database Best Practices (O'Reilly, US $39.95),
author George Reese explains the different approaches to database
programming, helps developers assess what approaches fit which
problems, and provides insights into what the best practices are under
each model. In short, he describes the best practices--both strategic
and tactical--for using a database to drive a variety of Java
"Java is now established as 'the' language for server-side
programming," says Reese. "The choices a developer faces regarding
which paradigms best suit different database programming problems can
overwhelm programmers and architects. Nothing currently exists on the
market to help technologists choose among the different database
programming paradigms. This book is timely because it helps in that
decision-making process. It also helps people execute on their database
"Java Database Best Practices" spares developers from having to wade
through documentation on each of the various APIs as they try to
determine which method to use. This comprehensive guide introduces each
of the dominant APIs (Enterprise JavaBeans, Java Data Objects, the Java
Database Connectivity API, as well as other, lesser-known options),
explores the methodology and design components that use those APIs, and
then offers practices most appropriate for different types and makes of
databases, as well as different types of applications.
The book also examines database design, from table and database
architecture to normalization, and offers a number of best practices
for handling these tasks. Java developers will learn how to move
through the various forms of normalization, understand the question of
when to denormalize, and even get detailed instructions on optimizing
their SQL queries to make the best use of their database structure.
Through it all, "Java Database Best Practices" focuses on practical
application of these techniques, providing information that can
immediately be applied to the reader's own enterprise application.
"'Java Database Best Practices' reflects the further maturation of Java
as a server-side language," Reese notes. "People have moved beyond the
need to simply learn APIs. They are instead looking for the best ways
to apply those APIs in complex business systems. This book will help
them with that."
Java Database Best Practices
ISBN 0-596-00522-9, 267 pages, $39.95 (US), $61.95 (CAN), 28.50 (UK)
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