Book: Better, Faster, Lighter Java
In Better, Faster, Lighter Java authors Bruce Tate and Justin Gehtland argue that the old heavyweight architectures, such as WebLogic, JBoss, and WebSphere, are unwieldy, complicated, and contribute to slow and buggy application code. As an alternative, the authors present two "lightweight" open source architectures, Hibernate and Spring, that can help you create enterprise applications that are easier to maintain, write, and debug, and are ultimately much faster.
This book isn’t for uber-programmers who already have all the answers. If you think that J2EE does everything that you need it to do and you can make it sing, this book is not for you. Believe me, there are already enough books out there for you.
If you’ve already cracked the code for simplicity and flexibility, I’m probably not going to teach you too much that’s new. The frameworks I hold up as examples have been around for years—although incredibly, people are only now starting to write about them. The techniques I show will probably seem like common sense to you. I’ll take your money, but you’ll probably be left wanting when you’re done.
This book is for the frustrated masses. It’s intended for those intermediate-to-advanced developers with some real experience with Java who are looking for answers to the spiraling complexity. I’ll introduce you to some ideas with power and bite. I know that you won’t read a phone book. You haven’t got time, so I’ll keep it short. I’ll try to show you techniques with real examples that will help you do things better than you did before.