Item description for An Introduction to IBM Rational Application Developer: A Guided Tour (Ibm Illustrated Guide Series) by Sridhar Iyengar Jane Fung...
IBM Rational Application Developer is a very important tool for developers, but it is also a complex product. An Introduction to IBM Rational Application Developer, A Guided Tour is designed to jumpstart the learning process with its focus on interactive hands-on learning through a wide variety of useful, practical, end-to-end tutorials.
Hands-on exercises and in-depth explanations form chapter "modules" within the book, thereby providing a complete step-by-step guide to each specific topic while allowing readers to pick and choose which tutorials they want (or need) to study without necessarily going in chapter order. And, because of its modular structure, each tutorial's sample code is independent of any earlier tutorials, freeing readers to skip from tutorial to tutorial, based on their specific knowledge requirements. Because of this design, this book continues to be a useful reference as a reader's "need to know" increases.
Using this book's method, readers quickly learn IBM Rational Application Developer---regardless of their previous level of experience or inexperience. For beginners, there are tutorials that teach how to create Web, EJB, JMS, and Web Services applications using Rational Application Developer. For the more advanced readers, there are tutorials on security, publishing, testing, team development, profiling, and logging. Written to appeal to as broad an audience as possible, the tutorials run on common databases, including IBM Cloudscape, IBM DB2 Universal Database, Microsoft SQL Server, Sybase Enterprise Systems, and Oracle Database.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 7.01" Height: 1.42" Weight: 2.2 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2005
Publisher Mc Press
ISBN 1931182221 ISBN13 9781931182225
Reviews - What do customers think about An Introduction to IBM Rational Application Developer: A Guided Tour (Ibm Illustrated Guide Series)?
Does the job Aug 2, 2007
Of the three or so books I bought to help figure out Websphere, this one is doing the best job. I don't love the book because it dives right into tutorials, and doesn't always give me enough of a big picture. But this big picture can be a difficult one to convey. When I needed to deploy an app and get the JNDI names right for getting to my data source, this book had a chapter that explains exactly that. It explains both the steps to get it done in the GUI, and a bit of how and why it works like it does.
I looked at some other books from IBM press, like Enterprise Java Programming with IBM Websphere, and they were a bit too much, too soon for me. I might, however, recommend the Redbooks, if you can get them.
Almost a great tool Feb 22, 2007
I am using this book for a class which is requiring us to go through all of the tutorials.
Pros- You will gain decent experience with writing java servlets, database apps and XML.
Cons- We are using the most recent version of RAD so some of the pictures in the book are not exactly the same, but they are close enough for you to figure it out the steps you need to take. The tutorials do well at teaching their topics (writing an xml file, java servlets, filters, etc.) but they do not explain a lot about RAD itself. Many times I could not get a tutorial to work because of something as trivial as a setting with the server that they forgot to mention in the tutorial. Be prepared to be frustrated with some of them.
Good Examples Jan 9, 2007
Overall I am impressed with the well structured chapters. Very well organised. Examples used in this book are very practical and easy to follow.
If there is a new edition in the future, would be great if it can incorporate chapters on plugins like Hibernate, Business Process Manager (Workflow) and Business Rules inside RAD.
Errors Galore! Jul 19, 2006
On page one it states that it is "aimed at beginners who want to quickly and easily learn to use Rational Application Developer". Beginners beware. I can't remember reading a textbook-like book that has as many errors as this one does. I'm only up to page 65 and I've found 23 errors or inconsistencies. And, eight of the 65 pages I did not read. How many errors are there in the next 539 pages. I question whether this book was "proofed". I am amazed and disappointed that the IBM Press published a book with this level of quality. My experience with this book so far makes me wonder whether I should purchase any more books from IBM Press in the future. I'd sure like to get my money back on this one.
A waste of paper Apr 27, 2006
There is next to nothing useful in this book. Consider purchasing it only if you have a medium weight door that needs holding ajar, and no other use for $50.