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I'm curious, has anyone here looked at the book?
I've seen it at the bookstore, but I'm hesitating to buy it because I haven't got enough experience with the tools to tell if it's worth the price.
Is it more than what you get when you download the (free) tools mentioned, or is it mostly a repackaging of the existing documentation?
 
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I want the book!!! I just started using ANT for my build system and it's great. I've previously used JUnit, but I'd like to make more use of it. I'm also starting to use NetBeans. Pretty soon I'll be using Tomcat, etc. So this book would come in handy.
I have no idea what Cactus is though...can someone please enlighten me?
Thanks!
 
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cactus is an extension (right word?) to JUnit for testing servlets and J2EE systems in general. It used to be called J2EEUnit but there were some issues with the trademark. I haven't personally used it though. I need a good book to teach me about it with examples *hint, hint* From what i gather Cactus needs to be added to the web application to be tested.
Anyone want to add to this?
[edit, above post was added while i wrote this, lol]
[ March 11, 2002: Message edited by: Hamish Carpenter ]
 
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Originally posted by Rob Ross:
I want the book!!! I just started using ANT for my build system and it's great. I've previously used JUnit, but I'd like to make more use of it. ...
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Rob,
I've used ant and Tomcat on several projects and they're both great. I just wonder if the book is useful, or a bound version of the docs you get with and, Tomcat, etc. anyway.
How about putting it this way, if you only had $100 to spend on computer books for the year, would you still buy this one?
 
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Hi Burk,
Here is the JavaRanch review of this book. Best of all, Rick Hightower, the author of this book, is giving informative explanations to the feedbacks. Thanks Rick.
Surely you will find more participating in the discussion this week.
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There are many books on apache, perl, php and other open source software - why not on the java tools ??
hey, and i dont mind getting these books - there are worth every penny.
cheers!!
 
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I would also like to have as I never worked on these tools .... downloaded JBoss with Tomcat 2-3 weeks back ... then only I came to know abt Ant(or you can say tools .. ) .. from documenataion of Ant, I was able to run the example provided by Jboss .... and now these days going throuh EJB, servlets, JSP, but yes I would like to know more abt tools...
regarding answering the queries .. then sorry still I am in learning phase.. so can not ask queries(no knowledege no que) and can not provide answers.
 
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I have used Apache Tomcat. I find it has evolved a lot. With 3.~ versions we had to difficulty in installing it as a service. But with 4.0 it has been overcome.
I have not used cactus and ant. Having downloaded these and I find it in a different organization from that of Tomcat.Of course there is the documentation.
A book is always an advantage be it the documentation itself. I find it often cumbersome scrolling through the documentation.
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I know that the giveaway book was reccomended to me in this forum as a good source book for ANT.
I have been using ANT and I am slowly getting proficient with it (I am a Java newbie). My shop is doing some FOP reports with ANT also. Unless I see some other utility that works better, I don't see me using anything else.
I am not sure if the book is introductory or advanced on all of the topics. I am not sure what all the other topics pertain to, so I don't know if those chapters will be useful.Any input ?
I have been using NetBeans which employs ANT also. (Coming from VB, I love NetBeans).
 
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Does anyone know any of the tools covered in this book other than Ant, XXXUnit and Cactus? While I am pretty comfortable with Ant, I could use more information on some of the test framework tools. I noticed people throwing around JBoss Apache and Tomcat .... are these in the book? It seems like all that would almost be too much to cover?
 
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Hi,
Can anyone direct me to a link to what ANT is ?
Thanks
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Hi Yoel,
check this ant link in other thread.
 
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