Thursday, December 22, 2005

Healing my head from the bumping on the wall ?

Yup...time for a pause...usual Christmas/New year's break...Will not be blogging but will be taking with me a couple of "christmas break collection" will include:

  • Hibernate: A Developer's Notebook
  • Spring: A Developer's Notebook

The Developer's Notebook series is actually proving to be pretty cool....granted it does not cover all you need to know and probably implies that you already know *something* but still...worth a read...They also deviate a bit from the "standard" technical book ranging around 150 pages instead of the 500-1000 typical tech book size...would consider them to be "quick reads"... As all tech books, reading them is not enough and some "hands in the dirt" is a requirement...mine are happilly getting dirty since these are technologies that I really want to play with and grok...

Blogging should resume in 2006...Happy hollidays and happy new year!

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

JBoss a Developer's Notebook and JBoss at Work

Two good JBoss books this time. Both seem to complement each other and should be a must read for someone wanting to learn about JBoss.

The first one is JBoss at Work: A Practical Guide. What I liked about this book can also be one of its shortcomings. The book follows a incremental development approach where concepts and technologies are introduced chapter by chapter, one step at a time. This might be a bit tedious for experience, seasoned developers who know already about the concepts being introduced. The way they are introduced however is, I believe, pretty interesting and does make up for an interesting read. I did like reading it a lot even though it was far from the first time I looked into these concepts, technologies and approaches. I would have liked to see a bit more on Entity Beans but do understand the reason why they were not approached in the book.

The second book is yet another of the Developer's Notebook series. Like clearly stated in the book, you will not end up being an expert or even getting close to knowing all there is on the subject but by the end of it you should have grasped a set of important items in a very pragmatic perspective. This is a book which is probably more recommended for developers who have already read something about JBoss otherwise some of the nice pearls in the book might get lost among the rest.

Both books are in my recommended books list!