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"Bitter Java" - Release Announcement - Manning

Cindy Glass
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MANNING PRESS RELEASE
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Manning Publications announces the release of:
Bitter Java
"It is the rare computer science book that truly captivates me. Bruce Tate has created one...I just couldn't put Bitter Java down."
-- Skip McCormick, co-author of "AntiPatterns" From the Forward of Bitter Java.

GREENWICH, CONNECTICUT - March 13, 2002
It is a well-known fact that most software projects fail. Drawing important lessons from failure is the goal of Bitter Java, a systematic account of common server-side Java programming mistakes, their causes and solutions. This book covers antipatterns for base Java and J2EE concepts such as Servlets, JSPs, EJBs, enterprise connection models, and scalability. It illustrates common pitfalls of Java programming through code examples and then presents re-factored code and explains why the new solutions are safe.
Written in an engaging style, this book begins each chapter with an extreme sports adventure gone wrong, and cunningly weaves the moral of the
story into the discussion of Java development problems. Bitter Java begins with an overview of antipatterns and lays the foundation for server-side Java development. The author quickly builds momentum with a set of core server-side antipatterns for servlets and JSPs. He uses a bulletin board example to discuss common mistakes in basic server-side design, and iteratively refactors it until he reaches good design. By reusing this example, the author guides the reader through increasingly complex antipatterns of caching, database connections and EJBs. High-level discussions of programming hygiene and performance tuning, complete with related antipatterns, help to round out the coverage.
The intermediate developer is the intended reader of this book but developers at all levels will gain insight from the discussions of basic
design patterns for Java JSP programming, round tripping, the perils of ignoring caching and connection pooling. More advanced topics such as
performance tuning, EJB and XML are also included.
Readers can benefit from direct access to the author at the publisher-sponsored Author Online forum (www.manning.com/tate/forum.html)
and a site built by the author to support the book: www.bitterjava.com.
Bitter Java is published in both print and pdf ebook editions.
About the Author
Bruce Tate has 14 years' experience at IBM and at a startup, half of this time as an Internet architect. He is the author of two other computer
books and he lives in Austin, Texas.

About Manning Publications Co.
Manning Publications Co. is a growing and well-respected independent computer book publisher with a reputation of publishing in-depth books
written in a clear style, without the fluff. Bitter Java joins other best-selling Manning Java titles as Web Development with JavaServer
Pages, 2nd ed., Server-Based Java Programming, Swing, and Java Network Programming.
Bitter Java will debut at the JavaOne Conference in March 2002 along with five other new Java titles - Java 2 Micro Edition, J2EE and XML
Development, The JDK 1.4 Tutorial, Java 3D Programming, and Java Instant Messaging:
The Jabber Protocols. Available in retail stores in late April 2002.

Bitter Java
By Bruce A. Tate
ISBN 1930110-43X
Print edition: Softbound, 368 pages, $44.95
Ebook edition: Pdf format, 2 MB, $13.50
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MANNING PRESS RELEASE - Revised
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Manning's Bitter Java Book Clinches the #9 Overall Ranking Spot at Amazon.com

Greenwich, Connecticut, May 17 2002 - For a computer book to hit the top 100 may not be unusual for one of the mega-publishers who often spend much, much more on advertising and promoting than they do developing and printing a book. However, for one to break into the top ten, and for it to come from a small independent publisher, it has to be a record. And for that book to be technical, as opposed to the general overview type of book that appeals to the masses, it has to be some kind of phenomenon. Bitter Java, from Manning did just that this week. It has grabbed the #1 spot on the Computer and Internet list and on May 16th peaked at #9 on the website's overall sales ranking.
The publisher, Marjan Bace, attributes it to good writing, careful editing and the attention to detail that Manning has become known for in the computer book industry. The author, Bruce Tate, agrees. Written in an engaging style, this book begins each chapter with an extreme sports adventure gone wrong, and cunningly weaves the moral of the story into the discussion of Java development problems. Designed for intermediate to advanced Java developers, it covers antipatterns for base Java and J2EE concepts, illustrates common pitfalls of Java programming and then presents solutions in re-factored code.
The week began for this book with a feature at the very popular website www.TheServerSide.com, well known for its coverage of server side Java, which started the run on copies. A day or two later, the book was reviewed at www.Slashdot.org, an ultra "Geek website", spurring a lively discussion on the topic and another mad dash to buy the book. The reviewer for Slashdot, Peter Wayner said of the book, "There are 1693 books for sale at Amazon.com with the word "java" in the title and almost all of them are earnest, chipper books that promise real programmers, dummies, and nuts that learning Java is easy. Bruce Tate's, Bitter Java, is not one these books...If you're a hired codeslinger creating J2EE applications or servlets, then this is a good book for your shelf."
This is becoming the norm for Manning - books unlike the rest, with clear writing, in-depth coverage and without the filler of so many other publishers' books. They are often lean and always get to the point quickly. Bitter Java has barely been on the market for six weeks and promises to become another Manning classic.
Bitter Java
By Bruce A. Tate
ISBN 1930110-43X
Print edition: Softbound, 368 pages, $44.95
Ebook edition: Pdf format, 2 MB, $13.50
Manning Publications Co. ~ 209 Bruce Park Avenue ~ Greenwich, CT 06830 ~ 203-629-2211 ~ 800-247-6553 ###
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SJ Adnams
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This is 40.50 UKP on amazon.co.uk does anyone know if this a hardback copy (since amazon is quite often wrong) or if it's just a very expensive paperback?
Thanks, Simon
Jessica Sant
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Computer books are RARELY hardback -- all the other book sites I can find say this is a paperback, so I'd believe amazon.
SJ Adnams
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Thats not true. In fact I would say the majority of books on patterns are hardback, well in my collection anyway.
Why else would there be a huge price differential?
31.47 US$ on amazon.com
40.50 UKP on amazon.co.uk
Cindy Glass
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Interesting. I counted - I have 34 programming books on my desk. 4 of them are hard cover. And those 4 are ones that are PROVEN best sellers and references.
(Refactoring - Fowler
Design Patterns - Gang of Four
Applying UML and Patterns - Larman
The complete Java 2 Cert Study Guide - RHE)
All the rest are paperbacks.
Why don't I ask the publisher for you just to make sure. I'll also see if I can find out why the price differential.
Thomas Paul
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Other than RHE, none of my Java books are hard cover.


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Cindy Glass
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Well this is the answer that I got:
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Hi Cindy,
Well, here is a partial answer to your question from the head of computer book marketing at our European distributor, Pearson Education. The book
does seem expensive, but apparently it is a common practice to add some transcontinental freight costs. We may hear more about the
availability, but you may just want to tell your user that it is best to check back after
a few days. The book *is* available in the UK and has been for at least a month.
Thanks,
Helen
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Michael Yuan
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Of course, you can always buy it with NO COVER from Manning's web site for $17 USD. (the electronic version) Unlikely many others, Manning distrubte plain PDF formats, which requires no special readers other than the free acroread.
Read me review about that book (and some other books) from my web site:
http://pancake.as.utexas.edu/juntao/book_review/index.html


Seam Framework: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0137129394/mobileenterpr-20/
Ringful: http://www.ringful.com/
SJ Adnams
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Amazon.co.uk now has it at 27.34UKP.
I'm now going to buy it
Jim Baiter
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I don't think I've ever seen a Manning book in hardcover.
 
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