<pre>Author/s : Chris Richardson Publisher : Manning Publications Category :Miscellaneous Java Review by : Michael Ernest Rating : 7 horseshoes</pre> This is not an "action" guide like Manning's guides on Spring or Hibernate, although it is good work. Richardson shows some practical extension of Fowler's notes on enterprise applications. His coverage of existing frameworks -- JDO, Hibernate, Spring, iBATIS -- creates a helpful context for what's out there and how to evaluate their benefits and limits. It also pursues a few examples for illustration, so it's not just concepts or high points.
To fully appreciate this book, you need to read Fowler on enterprise applications. To take advantage of it, you need experience with at least one persistence framework, and probably a book on that topic as well.
It is a solid, valuable and easy-to-read work, but it is not the 'Action' book I expected. "POJOs in (Lightweight Persistence) Design" is more like it. I downrated this book on the misleading title. It's a disservice to the beginner and intermediate audience -- even some advanced types -- who will expect more immediate gratification.