Originally posted by roger schildmeijer: Hi David,
I am currently only familiar with Java SE and ME. If I'm interested in EE, is your book a good entry point for beginners?
The books does not assume familiarity with Java EE or J2EE. Java knowledge is assumed.
You can certainly learn the Java EE APIs from the book if you are not yet familiar with them. The book illustrated many NetBeans features that will make your life easier such as:
Automatic generation of code to lookup JNDI resources such as datasources or JMS Queues
The ability to specify JSF navigation rules graphically
Automatic generation of JPA entities from an existing database schema
Automatic generation of ajaxified JSF CRUD applications from existing JPA entities
Visual development of JSF pages
The fact that you first learn how to develop Java EE application while taking advantage of NetBeans does not mean that you will be incapable of creating them without NetBeans, however, more than likely you will sorely miss NetBeans features when not using it.
Author, <a href="http://www.packtpub.com/java-ee5-development-with-netbeans-6" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Java EE 5 Development with NetBeans 6</a>