No, the book is not aimed at the beginner. There were already beginner books available, we wanted to add a more advanced book for WebObjects. For beginners I would suggest Joshua Marker's excellent Visual QuickPro Guide. This does assume you are on a Mac, but it does not take too much effort to apply it to Windows.
Our text also assumes that you are familar with Java. If you are not familiar with Java, well you have already found the right place to hang out! Some familiarity with databases, HTTP, HTML, XML, and web app architecture in general will serve you well.
Even for a beginner, there will be lots in the book to help you out when you run into the inevitable pitfalls as you start out. However, you will gain maximum value by reading again as you progress.
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Joined: Jan 08, 2004
hi, Hill , can you generally mentioned what webobject for ? it only work in apple ? i heard about webobject is a framework for application , but what webobject contribute to software development ? thank you !
Joined: Sep 13, 2004
WebObjects is for developing web applications, web services, and java client apps. It is also an appserver, though you can use JBoss, or Tomcat or whatever to deploy if you want. It is a very, very efficient environment to develop in and the vast majority of your time is spent on developing domain level functionality rather than plumbing and infrastructure.
The native dev tools work on Mac OS X and Windows, and there is also a very good plugin for Eclipse. We prefer Eclipse to the native IDE. If you are willing to forgo the GUI UI builder and data modeling tools (and some do) then you can develop anywhere you can compile Java. Deployment is supported on OS X, Windows, and Solaris. It is also commonly deployed on Linux, though without support. In practice, if there is a JVM you can deploy.