Media praise for Building Java Enterprise Applications

"This book clears up a lot of the mystery around how the J2EE APIs interrelate. Not too deep on the background, the book provides a solid overview of how the APIs work and gives some basic best practices to guide developers towards enterprise level applications. This reviewer had difficulty following some of the examples, particularly in the LDAP area, but found the book overall to be a handy reference in assessing which strategies to consider out of various J2EE possibilities."--GameJUG, Feb 2003

"Brett McLaughlin's 'Building Java Enterprise Applications' series aims to be the must read set of books for all Java enterprise architects, both experienced and novice...Anyone providing the architecture for a Java-based system should read this book, and then eagerly await the rest of the series. While the architecture described by Brett McLaughlin is not going to solve every system problem and convince every architect, it is not a bad one for a budding architect to start with. It provides many ideas for experienced architects to mull over and debate. The focus on LDAP/JNDI is excellent; it opened my eyes to possibilities that I hadn't previously considered. In the end, 'Building Java Enterprise Applications Volume I' is a book that will make you think, so keep a pen and paper handy for ideas."
--Henri Yandell,, Oct 2, 2002

"a practical guide to building maintainable scalable, and secure J2EE enlightening and enjoyable read. It's clearly written and illustrated with plenty of example code. The J2EE novice will find it an invaluable guide to avoiding the pitfalls that can trap the inexperienced developer, while there is still much to use to the more experienced hand."
--Richard Drummond, LinuxFormat, September 2002

"'Building Java Enterprise Applications' is an excellent book, and ought to be on the bookshelf of every J2EE programmer working on the mid- and back-tier. If you are like me, then you then have a series of books on various parts of the J2EE alphabet soup--a few on EJB/JNDIs, one on JMS, one on RMI, one on JDBC, a database/SQL primer, a J2EE patterns book (I recommend Depur et al. by the way), maybe even some hyped-up case studies from Sun's press etc--but nothing on how to design an entire J2EE application from scratch. There is nothing scarier than a blank piece of paper at the beginning of a project--this book provides a combination of a tutorial and worked example, along with an insight into the thought processes of the designer."
--David Kennedy,, October 2, 2002

"an outstanding book...I found this book to be very informative and very well written. I am really looking forward to the next two volumes in the set."
--Tracy Pope, Fort Worth Java Users Group, July 2002