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JMX In Action by Benjamin Sullins Mark Whipple

 
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<pre>

Author/s : Benjamin Sullins Mark Whipple
Publisher : Manning
Category : J2EE and Distributed Computing
Review by : Kyle Brown
Rating : 8 horseshoes

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Finally, a JMX book you'll love! Unlike other JMX books I've read (even those
purporting to be based on "Real-world" experience) this book is firmly grounded
with examples and explanations as to why JMX is useful and necessary.

Starting from the first chapter (which is the best architectural overview of JMX
I've read) the authors provide clear, easy-to-understand explanations of both
the how and the why of JMX. The code examples are readable and clearly
explained (the authors specifically call out the relevant parts of each example)
making you want to grab an editor and start coding!

They cover all of the major parts of JMX very well, including details on each of
the different types of Mbeans. Likewise, their coverage of JMX notification is
the best I ve seen. And, since the book is based on the Sun JMX Reference
Implementation with detailed instructions on building and running the examples,
it s easy to try this yourself.

There are a few minor snags that don t affect the book much. They don't start
using UML early enough (the first large-scale example left me scratching my
head) and they build a few marginally useful things (a Jini connector, for
instance). Also, a bit more detail on other JMX implementations would have been
nice. However, it s still the best of the available JMX books. Buy it if you
need to use or build Mbeans!


More info at Amazon.com
More info at Amazon.co.uk
 
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thanks for the good review!
the code and sample chapters can be found at
the book's website
[ October 23, 2002: Message edited by: Ben Sullins ]
 
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I'm glad you liked the review -- i certainly enjoyed the book. In fact, one of the things on my plate this week is to try out some of the things I learned from your book in the new WebSphere 5.0 JMX implementation (adding new MBeans). Wish me luck...
Kyle
 
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Thanks again. I am glad you enjoyed the book, its nice to get some feedback. Good luck on websphere, do drop me a line if you have any JMX questions.
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