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Press Release: October 21, 2002

New Nutshell Book Explores the Concepts and Practicalities of JXTA: O'Reilly Releases "JXTA In a Nutshell"

Sebastopol, CA--In February 2001, Sun Microsystems announced a paradigm shift in Java technology called JXTA. An abbreviation of the word "juxtapose," JXTA recognizes that some of the most functional computer networks use peers that work side-by-side. JXTA provides an innovative framework that allows Java programmers to take advantage of the peer-to-peer (P2P) networking protocol without getting bogged down in the low-level details. What makes JXTA different from other distributed computing systems? The answer can be found in JXTA in a Nutshell by Scott Oaks, Bernard Traversat, and Li Gong (O'Reilly, US $34.95). This new title by key members of the JXTA programming team explains the concepts behind this new technology and shows programmers how to get up to speed with JXTA in as short a time as possible.

"Fundamental scalability and centralization forces are constraining the Internet and are restricting its growth," says coauthor Oaks. "Peer-to-peer networks like JXTA are essential to bring the Internet to the next level of scalability, management, and security in order to handle unconstrained exchanges of information between peers and the wave of new consumer devices."

"JXTA in a Nutshell" is both a tutorial and quick reference, forged in the spirit of O'Reilly's bestselling "Java in a Nutshell." The book introduces major concepts in a hands-on fashion by explaining them in context to the JXTA Shell. A complete reference to the JXTA application bindings is included, along with the full JXTA protocol specification. The book covers important topics such as security and how the JXTA technology fits into the standard Java classes. "JXTA in a Nutshell" also provides:

  • An in-depth introduction to P2P networking concepts and the JXTA model
  • Coverage of the JXTA Shell application, peers, pipes, and the discovery service
  • Discussion of important security considerations for JXTA applications
  • A plethora of ready-to-run examples on writing efficient JXTA applications
  • A handy quick reference for all the JXTA API classes

If you're a Java expert looking to explore P2P, then you'll want to take a close look at this new technology. But even if you're just curious about P2P, you'll find that JXTA offers a world of possibilities for even the simplest networking applications. The best way to get started with JXTA is to understand the fundamentals and start writing solid code. This book will help readers with both.

Additional resources:

JXTA in a Nutshell
Scott Oaks, Bernard Traversat, and Li Gong
ISBN 0-596-00236-x, 401 pages, $34.95 (US), $54.95 (CAN)
1-800-998-9938; 1-707-827-7000

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