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Book on applying XP to J2EE... (Reviews)

Rick Hightower
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Joined: Feb 20, 2002
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Java Tools for eXtreme Programming describes techniques for implementing the Extreme Programming practices of Automated Testing and Continuous Integration using Open Source tools, e.g., Ant, JUnit, HttpUnit, JMeter, and much more. The main focus of the book is how to apply these tools to a J2EE development process.
Although this book speaks from an XP perspective, you need not practice XP to benefit from it. Read the description after the reviews for more detail.

Review from JavaPro
"This book is the first of its kind, covering topics that haven't been explored this directly anywhere. It does a remarkable job, covering not just the tools but the philosophy behind good unit tests and frequent, automated builds...." ... ... "The philosophy behind this material is modern and forward thinking. ... (The book has the ) potential to make you a better programmer and better able to deliver higher-quality code on a shorter timeline. "

--Claude Duguay
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Review from JavaRanch

"...This book is a fine introduction to a whole bunch of really useful tools to boost your Java and especially J2EE programming.... This book was almost too useful to review. ... If you want to get up to speed quickly and practically on a load of useful, powerful, tools - get this book. Everyone I've shown it to has wanted their own copy ... "

--Frank Carver
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This review became book review of the month!

"This book should appeal to XPers and non-XPers alike who recognize that automated testing and continuous integration are good things for any project." ... ... "The book is a good introduction for the uninitiated and a valuable reference for those plying their trade with these tools. Don't miss an opportunity to easily automate your Java project and spend more time delivering business value!"

--Mike Clark
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Book Description
The book contains small examples and tutorials on each Ant, Cactus, JUnit, JUnitPerf etc. to J2EE. The examples cover building, deploying, and testing Java and J2EE applications.
In addition to small examples, there are larger case studies. The case studies are larger more realistic examples. We have case studies involving XSLT, EJB, Struts, JDBC, etc.
Each case study is complete with an ant build script and several tests, written with JUnit, HttpUnit, Cactus, JUnitPerf and/or JMeter. The case studies focus on building, deploying and testing J2EE applications with Ant and JUnit.
There is also a reference section for APIs. Instead of rehashing the API documentation, the reference section has example usage, i.e., code examples for the important classes and methods.
Although this book speaks from an XP perspective, you need not practice XP to benefit from it. For example, you do not have to adopt the entire XP methodology to get value out of this book. Automated testing, for example, can help you refactor code regardless of whether you are doing pair programming or not. Continuous integration can help you detect and fix problems early in the lifecycle of the system regardless of whether your customer is on site or not.

Rick Hightower is CTO of Mammatus which focuses on Cloud Computing, EC2, etc. Rick is invovled in Java CDI and Java EE as well. linkedin,twitter,blog
Kyle Brown
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Joined: Aug 10, 2001
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This is my opinion (and not that of JavaRanch -- for which Paul's is the only one that matters) but I believe that this is not an appropriate forum for just advertising your book, Rick.
Basically it's one thing to say in a response to a posting in a topic "my book answers this question on page 999", and entirely another to start a new topic advertising it.
I'd suggest that you move this to Blatant Advertising, or one of the sheriffs might move it for you.

[ March 13, 2002: Message edited by: Kyle Brown ]

Kyle Brown, Author of Persistence in the Enterprise and Enterprise Java Programming with IBM Websphere, 2nd Edition
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