A new "edition" or Real World Java EE Patterns, with focus on Java EE 6 (actually a completely new book) is available: http://realworldpatterns.com. Thanks for reading the first iteration--it is a best seller!
Now back to the announcement of the, already retired, first edition :-):
The english book Real World Java EE Patterns is available as download and softcover. I was constantly asked for an english book - and here is it :-). Java EE 5 and 6 are a revolution and not just an evolution. Most of the patterns and best practices changed or became optional. This is exactly what the book is about. It introduces the new patterns and refurbishes or even kills the old. I also described a bunch of useful utilities and generic patterns from my projects - even a minimal JCA implementation.
I will cover the topics in subsequent posts - so the content of the book will become more technical again :-). I check in all the samples incrementally into http://kenai.com/projects/javaee-patterns.
All samples were tested and developed with Glassfish v2 - v3 and Netbeans 6.5+ - but are not dependent on it. Reasons: Glassfish it the official Java EE reference implementation and Netbeans GF integration is superb. I tested the code partially on JBoss 5.1 and openEJB as well. The code is only dependent on the Java EE 5/6 APIs - there are no server dependencies included.You might also like: Real World Java EE Night Hacks--Dissecting the Business Tier.
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