This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
<pre>Author/s : John Bell, Tony Loton, et. al. Publisher : Wrox Press Inc. Category :J2EE Review by : Johannes de Jong Rating : 7 horseshoes</pre> When I sat down to write this review I knew how a teacher must feel when he had to give a star student a bad score. This book has all the information you need to write the perfect application that is scalable, secure, maintainable and perfectly debugged based on the JavaServlet 2.3 API. The authors obviously know their stuff and they individually share their knowledge clearly and understandable with the reader. Individually however, is exactly where my problem lies with this book. The book would have worked so much better for me if it had a golden thread running trough it, if a sample application was described in the beginning of the book for instance and the authors each contributed to one final perfect solution. To be able to try all the example code one has to download megabytes of stuff from the internet. What bugged me most about that was that URL�s for downloading were scattered all over the book. I for one download and install all the required stuff before I attack a book. Please Wrox, a separate Appendix. Talking about Appendices, Appendix B (HTTP Reference) and Appendix C (Servlets API Reference) are great! This book deserves a better score, it provides me with all the info I need, but I am afraid the way it is told as a whole stops me from obtaining the in-dept understanding of Servlets I was hoping to find through this book. Still worth buying though. More info at Amazon.com || More info at Amazon.co.uk