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Applied Java Patters by Stephen Stelting, Olav Maassen

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<pre>Author/s : by Stephen Stelting, Olav Maassen
Publisher : Prentice Hall
Category : Design & Refactoring
Review by : Micheal Ernest
Rating : 9 horseshoes
If you're unsure how to apply design patterns to Java, this book provides a solid, methodical, but gentle introduction to the practice.
This guide uses the classic design patterns first decribed by the GoF book. For each pattern, the authors provide a fresh motivation (writing a Personal Information Manager application), and rationale for matching a program feature or function to an appropriate pattern. The book seems best suited for those who need to learn definition and application in Java by example.
There's no CD-ROM; bummer. At a $45 list price, I think code-intensive books should offer one. This code is available by FTP, but, since my local firewall prohibits that, I find fault with the publisher for the inconvenience.
In the interests of full disclosure, I know Stephen and Olav personally. It's a pleasure to see them do what a number of us have been avoiding. This book needed to be written, but doing it well requires the diligence of a methodologist and the patience of a researcher. They've done very good work despite the tedium of building the book. Any aspiring program designers will find their time reading it well rewarded.
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frank davis
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Those interested in this topic may also want to consider Design Patterns Java Workbook
by Steven John Metsker which should be out around March 29th.
[ March 14, 2002: Message edited by: herb slocomb ]
Andrew Brodie

Joined: Oct 24, 2000
Posts: 15
I am interested in this book. However, I would like a book that takes a look at the J2EE technologies from a comprehensive build standpoint, and focuses less on the details of each. Something that would combine JSP, Servlets, XML, CSS, JMS, EJB etc... and walk you through a best practices and how to build with these component technologies.
Any suggestions!!!

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