J2EE Applications and BEA WebLogic Server

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9780130911117: J2EE Applications and BEA WebLogic Server

A guide to developing Web-based applications using J2EE 1.3 (with references to 1.4 features) and the new BEA WebLogic Server 8.1.

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For any Java developer working with BEA's popular Java application server, J2EE Applications and BEA WebLogic Server offers a great source of information for doing more with your Java Web applications. Filled with tips on what works and the "best practices" to get more performance and functionality, this book is a virtual must-have for anyone working on this platform.

In theory, it doesn't matter what application server you run for J2EE-compliant applications. This title proves the traditional wisdom wrong. It explores the inner workings of setting up and running Java on BEA WebLogic while providing a solid tour to the Java APIs and standards supported by all J2EE-compliant application servers. Short chapters on standard APIs and "application styles" including servlets and JSPs show off the basics here. Along the way, the authors provide specific practical advice for cooperating with the BEA server product, including nuts-and-bolts configuration advice.

The book's dual focus on introducing key J2EE APIs and how to implement them on BEA is probably best illustrated with its several excellent chapters on Enterprise JavaBeans (EJBs). Not only do the authors introduce key concepts on how to design and code real EJBs, but they deliver numerous tips for choosing the right kind of bean based on the optimizations available in BEA. (For example, they cover the optimized "find" methods available in entity beans, which should be faster than even do-it-yourself code in bean-managed persistence, BMP, components.) This is invaluable information that can let you write code that really flies on the BEA platform.

Other sections look at leading-edge support available in J2EE in message beans, transactions (and JTA), plus other ways to extend the range of your Java BEA applications with e-mail, plus better security (with SSL and built-in Java authentication).

In all, this title makes a strong case that learning the underlying application server platform will let you create better Java applications. This title is a worthy resource for anyone using BEA WebLogic to power their Java applications, whether they are a developer, administrator, or manager. --Richard Dragan

From the Back Cover:

  • Authoritative guidance and high-performance code—straight from BEA WebLogic's product team!
  • Step-by-step, example-rich coverage of every major J2EE API
  • Case study: Build a complete e-Commerce application from scratch
  • CD-ROM: Complete BEA WebLogic Server 6evaluation version, plus extensive code library

The insider's guide to J2EE development with the world's #1 Java application server—BEA WebLogic Server 6!

BEA's WebLogic Server is the de facto industry standard for developing and deploying industrial strength Java E-commerce applications. This book delivers authoritative guidance for J2EE application development with the most powerful version of WebLogic ever: WebLogic Server 6. Authored by members of BEA's WebLogic project team, the book covers every aspect of real-world WebLogic J2EE development, from start to finish, through an industrial-strength case study application. You'll find coverage of all this, and more:

  • BEA WebLogic Server: Fundamental concepts and configuration techniques
  • Designing robust, high-performance J2EE applications—including detailed coverage of capacity planning and performance testing
  • Effective use of RMI and distributed naming
  • Building presentation logic with WebLogic Server servlets and JavaServer Pages
  • Using session, entity, and message-driven Enterprise JavaBeans
  • Interfacing with Internet Mail using WebLogic Server JavaMail
  • Establishing database connectivity with JDBC and implementing transactions with JTA
  • Developing security with WebLogic Server JNDI and the Java Authentication and Authorization Service (JAAS)
  • Packaging, deploying, and testing WebLogic Server applications

Ready to move from "Java programmer" to "expert enterprise developer"? You won't find a more useful tool than BEA WebLogic Server—or a more useful book than J2EE Applications and BEA WebLogic Server.

GREAT RESOURCES ON CD-ROM!
  • All code from the book, including a complete enterprise application
  • Complete evaluation version of BEA WebLogic Server Release 6
  • Bonus WebLogic Server tools and utilities

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