Intended for intermediate Java programmers, analysts, and architects, this guide is a comprehensive analysis of common server-side Java programming traps (called anti-patterns) and their causes and resolutions. Based on a highly successful software conference presentation, this book is grounded on the premise that software programmers enjoy learning not from successful techniques and design patterns, but from bad programs, designs, and war stories -- bitter examples. These educational techniques of graphically illustrating good programming practices through negative designs and anti-patterns also have one added benefit: they are fun.
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Lance Carlson has been programming Ruby since Rails version 0.13 was released, and he has been riding on its coattails since. He currently owns Ruby Skills, a Ruby consultancy firm and is working for Engine Yard as an application support engineer. Lance has contributed to various Ruby open source projects such as Merb, Rails, DataMapper, and he is also the creator of Ruby Anvil.
Reviews - What do customers think about Bitter Java?
A Joke? May 11, 2005
Bruce Tate tried to make learning Java more fun. He failed miserable. What is this? A novel? A sports book? More than 50% of the contents talks about his kayaking and sporting experience. I was surprised that at the end of the book I did not find his list of dates. Luckily I bought it used. Stay away from this book.
Good But Could Have Been Better Dec 5, 2004
I'm mixed on this one. This books attempts to present refactoring in a way that inexperienced developers can understand. In that respect, I think the author delivers. If you're a beginner (or maybe into mid-level), get this book when you're past the fundamentals stage. Advanced programmers, however, will already be aware of most of the material from experience. I think it would have been better to target either either advanced developers with more complex topics and code, or just fine-tune this text a little to target advancing beginners to mid-level programmers.
Absolute Rubbish Jan 3, 2004
The author himself is one of the reviewers who gave this book 5 stars. That made me wonder if others who think highly of this book are somehow related to Mr. Tate. His friend? Family member? Colleague?
To me, this book is absolute rubbish. Claims big but delivers nothing. Don't believe me? Get the PDF version before you waste your money. Read the bookstore's refund policy because you'll need it.
Good for beginning developers Nov 26, 2003
This book is well written but I was expected something more advanced. If you have been a real J2EE developer for at least a year, you would probably have run across some if not most of the problems already. You also would have worked around them using solutions from other Java books you have.
This is a good book for new developers. They should be able to recognize problems early on after reading this book.
Good java anti-patterns book Apr 2, 2003
good sections on the ejb and web tier with common anti-patterns illustrated. however most materials are introductory and i was hoping for more advanced techniques and advice to writing good j2ee app. this is definitely a good first book to understanding how to write/architect j2ee app the right way.