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O'Reilly's Latest Release, Java Enterprise in a Nutshell

Press release: October 4, 1999

SEBASTOPOL, CA--O'Reilly & Associates has announced the publication of the eagerly anticipated Java Enterprise in a Nutshell, which covers the APIs that are the building blocks of the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE), Sun's recently announced new platform for enterprise computing. J2EE is the standard Java 2 platform with a number of extensions for enterprise development.

"There aren't many resources for Java Enterprise developers, which is a shame," says William Crawford, one of the book's authors. "As we were writing this book, I kept the drafts around the office to help train new developers, and was in turn able to use their questions to help develop a better book."

Java Enterprise in a Nutshell is an indispensable quick reference for Java programmers who are writing distributed enterprise applications. Java Enterprise in a Nutshell, in O'Reilly's classic-style, provides quick-reference material for all of the classes in the various packages that comprise the Enterprise APIs. This material includes the core Enterprise APIs that are part of Java 1.2, as well as numerous standard extensions.

O'Reilly editor Paula Ferguson saw a real need for a "Nutshell" guide to Java Enterprise, but faced a formidable task in pulling together the necessary expertise and distilling it into the concise (and immensely practical) Nutshell format. "When O'Reilly approached me with the idea for this book, I initially had mixed reactions," says co-author Jim Farley. "On the one hand, Java is rapidly becoming the environment of choice for building enterprise-class systems, and the people involved seem to be asking for a desktop reference to help navigate the many standards and APIs involved in distributed computing. On the other hand, how could we effectively represent these tools in a Nutshell format? The team that was put together for this (Paula Ferguson and the authors) quickly dispelled any doubts I had."

"The most interesting recent developments to the Java Platform have been in the area of distributed or "enterprise" computing. Indeed, important enterprise computing features have been added to Java at a furious pace. I've wanted to write this book for a long time, but, frankly, I didn't have the requisite experience with enterprise programming, and the Java enterprise APIs were evolving too rapidly for me to keep up," says co-author David Flanagan. "Fortunately, I was able to team up with three great co-authors who are experts in enterprise computing, and I'm delighted with the book we produced."

This book is a companion to the soon to be released book, Java in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition, which covers the key non-graphical, non-enterprise APIs in Java 1.2, and Java Foundation Classes in a Nutshell, which describes the graphics- and GUI-related classes of Java 1.2.

Java Enterprise in a Nutshell also provides fast-paced tutorials on the following Java Enterprise APIs:

  • JDBC, a vendor-independent API for accessing relational database systems RMI, a Java-only approach to distributed computing that relies on remote method invocation

  • Java IDL, a CORBA-based, language-independent approach to distributed computing Java servlets, a mechanism for extending a web server that allows Java code to perform tasks traditionally handled by CGI scripts

  • JNDI, a generic Java API for working with networked naming and directory services Enterprise JavaBeans, a component model that separates high-level business logic from low-level housekeeping chores like security and transaction management
Online Resources Java Enterprise in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference
By David Flanagan, Jim Farley, William Crawford & Kris Magnusson
1st Edition, September 1999 (US)
ISBN: 1-56592-483-5, 622 pages, $29.95 (US$)

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