Saturday, October 27, 2012

Book Review: Java EE 6 Cookbook for Securing, Tuning, and Extending Enterprise Applications

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Java EE 6 is the latest specification for building Enterprise Applications with Java. It is a set of APIs that will simplify your development and if you come from Java EE 5, then you will notice the difference. Fortunately, Java EE 6 is been around for almost three years now and is widely adopted, which improves the quality of the documentation and training you may find about it.

In this post, I'll be reviewing the book "Java EE 6 Cookbook for Securing, Tuning, and Extending Enterprise Applications" written by Mick Knutson and published by PACKT. I have to say that this book is not for begginers in the Java EE field, you need some Java EE background in order to better understand the recipes. It is aimed at Java developers and programmers who want to secure, tune and, extend their Java EE applications

I liked the way chapter one updates you not only with the new features added to the specification, but also with the outgoing ones. It explains why some JSRs are pruned from this release and then it starts with the new: Context Dependency Injection (CDI), EJB 3.1, JPA 2.0, JAX-RS 1.1, Servlets 3.0, JSF 2.0, etc. Again, this is just a small review as cited on the book "... This chapter is not a tutorial or primer on the various specifications..." But is good enough to see what's new in Java EE 6. This chapter contains no recipes.

Chapter two dives into the implementation of some of the new features of the JPA 2.0 spec. The recipes are written in the form "Getting ready - How to do it - How it works - There's more..." which allows you to start using the new features very fast and avoid pitfalls. There's a tutorial in this chapter that helps you in profiling and testing JPA Operations, really useful.

Chapter three is about security using the Java EE built-in features and it also explains how to use Spring Security for a more fine-grained security implementation. This chapter is all about security, I wasn't expecting recipes about configuring Linux firewall rules or obfuscating Java byte-code... well done!

So far, so good. I haven't finished the book, but looking at the table of contents I can see really interesting chapters ahead:
  • Chapter 4: Enterprise Testing Strategies. Inlcuding Testing JPA with DBUnit,  Testing JAX-WS and JAX-RS with soupUI, among others.
  • Chapter 5: Extending Enterprise Applications. Inlcudes integrating Scala, Groovy and Jython into Enterprise Applications. I think this is an important chapter, specially because JSR 292 Invoke Dynamics is now part of the JDK 7.
  • Chapter 6: Enterprise Mobile Device Integration. Inlcudes an evaluation of Mobile-Web frameworks: jQuery Mobile, Sencha Touch and Modernizer. Really interesting and updated. There is also information about development and distribution considerations for iOS and Android.
  • Chapter 7: Deployment and Configuration. Inlcudes recipes that cover issues and solutions to application configuration with the use of Java Management Extensions (JMX).This chapter also cover tools to aid in  rapid and hot-deployment of Java EE applications such as Apache Ant and Apache Maven.
  • Chapter 8: Performance and Debugging. Inlcudes recipes that will help you in improving  the performance of your Enterprise applications with: jVisualVM, jstatd, among others.
There are so many recipes about topics I wasn't expecting that it really surprised me. After reviewing this book I realize that many of the topics will show you tools that you can leverage when tuning and extending your Java EE applications, so you can make the difference in your team. This is a must read if you are a architect/leadDevelper/consultant.

One more thing, the book is published in a lot of formats: printed book, kindle, PDF, ePub, so you have many options to read it. I have the kindle edition and it looks great on my kindle, paragraphs are well formatted and the source code is easy to read.

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See ya!