Perhaps so. I'll let you know if I hear of any good books... XDoclet is a code generation tool that generates code and deployment descriptors based on javadoc style comments in your classes. If you do ejb or web development you will be familiar with the pain of maintaining deployment descriptors by hand. Instead of doing it by hand, you can run XDoclet as part of your build and have it generate your web.xml or ejb-jar.xml. (and their JBoss/weblogic/insert your app server here counterparts) For EJBs, it can actually do more. In addition to the deployment descriptor, it can generate the home interface, local/remote interfaces, value objects and other related classes you need based on comments you put in the bean. Take a look at the XDoclet in Action table of contents to get in idea of the areas that XDoclet can generate code for... (too much for me to type right now)
Norman, Do you have a link to the table of contents of the book? I tried clicking on the link in your sig line, but all I can find is a picture of the cover. (I know this post doesn't count toward the giveaway, but since Norman is already here I might as well ask.) Also, can XDoclet be called from Ant?
Originally posted by Jeanne Boyarsky: Also, can XDoclet be called from Ant?
Not only can XDoclet be called from Ant...with version 1.2, it *must* be called from Ant (or Maven). XDoclet 1.2 is implemented as a set of Ant tasks and subtasks. This will change with XDoclet 2, where XDoclet can be used outside of Ant/Maven, but there are still Ant tasks available so that it can be used in Ant or Maven builds.
Manning has posted the table of contents on their site. You can actually get a PDF of the full front matter there, which has a better breakdown of each chapter, the Rickard Oberg's forward and all the other stuff you normally find at the beginning of a book.