21 November 2009

Warning: Shameless Plug

I am pleased to announce that, after a long time and a lot of work, my first book Spring Enterprise Recipes (which I co-authored with the indefatigable, epic and extraordinary Mr. Gary Mak, author of - among many other things, Apress' Spring Recipes) has been released and is now purchasable. It should be hitting book stores soon, but in the meantime, you can buy the e-book at Apress.com, or you can pre-order it on Amazon.com.

The book discusses Spring 3, but also accounts for the many "modules" surrounding Spring with an eye towards building elegant, scalable systems with a minimum of fuss. Many of these modules have come from SpringSource, and some are independent third party projects that integrate well with Spring. Spring Enterprise Recipes introduces concepts like business process management (BPM), enterprise application integration (EAI), distributed computing and messaging and then grounds these introductions with real-world examples using Spring and lead open source frameworks.

This book discusses both the why and the how. It starts with a discussion of the usual suspects, exploring the quintessential tools in any developer's toolbox: RPC (RMI, Hessian, Burlap, Web Services, HTTP/Invoker, EJB 2 and 3, and more), messaging (via JMS), database access (JdbcTemplate, and a few of Spring's numerous supported ORM abstractions), transactions (e.g., various transaction abstractions supported by Spring), and numerous services like e-mail, JMX, worker pools, and scheduling infrastructure.

Then, we progress into more advanced solutions. This book includes the first-in-print or most updated coverage of a lot of technologies, including Spring Integration (a lightweight ESB-like integration framework for EAI), Spring and jBPM 4 for business process management, GridGain for grid computing, Terracotta for clustered state managment, Spring Batch for batch-processing solutions and OSGi to bring modularity to your application.

In the large, this book is a gentle, but comprehensive introduction to the best-of-breed solutions for tomorrow's architecture using Spring and other lightweight, powerful tools. Having said all that, I hope you'll consider it for your next purchase and that it helps you solve some interesting problems and build even more interesting solutions!