I picked up 3 books last week. The one I’m reading right now, Professional Apache Tomcat, I got at Borders for 50% off. I would have rather bought Tomcat: The Definitive Guide, but it was full price.
The Professional Tomcat book is good though, and I’m looking forward to the chapters covering more advanced topics like shared Tomcat hosting and security. A bonus, for those of you out there looking to maximize your investment, is the fact that there are few chapters dedicated to Ant and Log4J.
The other two books I got were Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages, Vol. 1: Core Technologies, Second Edition (what an outrageously long title), and Perl Black Book. I bought the new Core Servlets book b/c of the good things I’ve heard about Marty Hall’s other two Core Servlets books. I got a great deal via Amazon. And the Perl book was marked down from $59.99 to $5.99 at Borders. How do you pass up a deal like that?
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You don’t pass up a deal like that! No way!
6 bucks for over 1200 pages of Perl knowledge…..
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The O’Reiley (spelling?) book on ANT was written by a guy right by where I work at the local Caraboo coffee house. Just a little bit of trivia for you. 🙂
We use ANT for everything at work. All our builds and deploys are done via ant. We’ve also got a total integration build system that does hourly builds and lets us know if anything is broken (tests, compiles, checkstyle). It’s really been valuable. And we’ve *always* got a complete, functioning build for QA. Good stuff….
We’ve been using ant at work for nothing more then compiles. I know we aren’t even coming close to utilizing it’s potential. We have a very old, “set in her ways”, CM who wouldn’t think of using a “Java” tool to perform her builds. No matter how easy it would make things.
I purchased the Manning Ant book. I saw the author, Erik Hatcher, speak at a conference last year. I just haven’t gotten past the first few chapters where he covers the basics.