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How is your book different...

vipul gupta1000
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Joined: Jun 04, 2001
Posts: 23
Hello mr Bjarki..
I just want to know from you as to how is your book different from so many books available in the markets.
i read that it contains a number of things rangings from OOPS, UML ,Database Access
(JDBC),Database Performance Issues, JNDI, servlets , ejb.............etc.... etc.
But this is their in every book...
How is your book different and what do u think will be the selling popint of your book as compared to other books....
Bjarki Holm
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Joined: May 25, 2001
Posts: 65
Hi Vipul!
Well, before I started writing for Wrox, I had already bought a few of their books for my personal usage, both in relations to my work as well as other private studies. What I found best with the Wrox titles, is the fact that they contain vast amounts of information, which is actually interesting (and even fun!) to read, due to the fact that they are written by a group of people (still) working in the field - programmers like you and me.
Having many authors on a single title can both be a strength and a weakness. The strength of this is that the book becomes diverse, and each author gets a chance to cover his or hers most experienced topic. Of course, this diversity can be a weakness too, if the chapters are not integrated enough with the overall theme of the title.
With Professional Java Data, I must say that the editors have done an excellent job integrating the work of some 14 authors in a solid title on data access with the Java language. The book is rich with examples, and real-life case studies, that take the concepts introduced in previous chapters and illustrate how they fit together in today's programming environment.
You are absolutely right, when you say that this book covers basically the same material as so many others on the same subject. But then again, this isn't something new. How many books are there on Italian cooking, for example? They certainly all contain one or two lasagne recipes, don't they?
The key difference between Professional Java Data, and other similar books on the market, is its emphasis on real-life scenerios, case studies and examples. Wherever possible, the authors share their personal experience with the reader - warning about potential bottlenecks, bug holes, and such - all within the context of a solid reader on data access with Java!
Let me know if you have more questions.
Regards,
Bjarki Holm
Author of Professional Java Data
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Bjarki Holm
vaibhav punekar
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Joined: Jan 20, 2001
Posts: 134
You defended yourself well Bjarki.your explanation was wel quoted.thanks for the explanation.
By the way,Vipul,I have a gut feeling that WROX books are damn good.I blindly go for a WROX book because I know it is not written by a single author and all the authors are experts and having real life experiences.So at least I won't doubt the credibility of WROX.


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vipul gupta1000
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Joined: Jun 04, 2001
Posts: 23
hello mr bjarki..
i just want to ask u one thing..
u wrote that the book is full of real world examples and stuff like that...
Can u please elaborate on your statement in concrete terms..
Thank u
Vipul
Bjarki Holm
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Joined: May 25, 2001
Posts: 65
Vipul,
well, as an example, we have one case study of a visitor tracking system for websites, using servlets and PL/SQL to store and retrieve data from an Oracle instance. Another case study deals with a web portal, that reads XML data from remote data sources (content providers). The portal system provides general interfaces for data access, that are implemented to suit each content provider's different needs for transport (XML-RPC, HTTP, etc.).
These are just two examples. To get more information, you can look at the table of contents for the book... or just buy the thing and see for yourself
Regards,
Bjarki Holm
Author of Professional Java Data
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