<pre>Author/s : Brian Sam-Bodden Publisher : Apress Category :Miscellaneous Java Review by : Ernest J. Friedman-Hill Rating : 8 horseshoes</pre> Missourians -- residents of the "Show Me State" -- will appreciate this book on Java development with "Plain Old Java Objects." In a fast-paced 10 chapters, Brian Sam-Bodden builds a complete application. He starts with a detailed design, installs tools like Eclipse and Ant, and before you know it he's implemented the persistence and business tiers. Screenshots and detailed instructions will help you get your environment installed in no time.
The first five chapters of the book are astonishingly linear, with each technology choice presented as a fait accompli. In this day of political correctness and cultural relativism, authors bend over backwards to consider alternatives to every decision. Sam-Bodden's approach was refreshing. Eclipse, Ant, Hibernate, EJB3 on JBoss. Take it or leave it.
I was almost disappointed when he considers alternative implementations of the business and presentation tiers. Still, showing how to use Tapestry and especially Spring offsets the raised eyebrows some of you might have about using EJBs -- although the EJB3 specification lets you use POJOs to implement the business layer.
From this point, the book gets more conventional, with the traditional tacked-on chapter about testing that nevertheless asks you to do testing as an integral part of development.
Although the technology choices may stretch your definition of "lightweight," this is still the best book on end-to-end development of enterprise applications that I've seen. If you'd like someone to show you how things are done, this book is for you.