- Release Date: 14 October, 2002
- Used Price: $30.43
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- Third Party Used Price: $21.19
Authors: Peter Harrison, Ian McFarland
Customer Rating: 4.86 of 5 (7 total reviews)
- Don't get the e-book
I love this book and have really learned a lot from it. I am a noob at tomcat and servlet programming but this book has really gotten me up to speed.
However, I just wanted to say to get the real paper book rather than the e-book. Downloading the e-book leaves you with a ton of restrictions as to what you can and can't do with the book. For instance if I want to print out a chapter to read on the road - you can't. Your only allowed, I believe, 2 40 page prints from the book and then you have to wait 1 or 2 weeks before your allowed to print anything from the book again. Also you can copy anything to the clipboard with is more than a paragraph. This is a real drag for a book with a lot of code in it where you'd like to copy and paste code to netbeans or such. You can wait a week or two until your allowed to copy or print again - but the whole purpose of a book like this is to get up to speed with development (i think) and waiting around to copy code or print a chapter to read is frustrating and silly.
You pay the same price for the e-book that you do for the paper book - the difference is that you actually OWN the paper book - the e-book you don't have the right to do anything with even though you payed $31 for it.
- My introduction to Digital Rights Management
Rare are the technical books that describe their subject in depth, and starting from first principles. They are my favorite kind, because only by knowing the theory behind you can navigate a complex technical system. Otherwise, you are stuck looking up error codes, and learning unrelated technical minutae. "Mastering Tomcat" is one of the great books that really teaches you the how and the why. Authors take their time to tell the story, and they avoid getting bogged down in needless detail.
I've read Tomcat: The Definite Guide, and Tomcat Kick Start through my Safari subscription for hours trying to get beyond "Resource not found" error when deploying my first servlet without success. After reading "Mastering Tomcat" for half an hour, I figured out the answer by myself, because finally I understood the theory behind deployment of servlets.
But you know this book is awesome from all the other reviews. Just buy it.
The reason why I am writing this review is that this is my first encounter with ebooks and digital rights.
You can purchase this book immediately on Amazon and download it after about 15 minute wait as an ebook. Instant satisfaction! Well, not quite. The book comes in a special format named "ebook". This format feels like PDF, but comes with Digital Rights Management protection. The DRM protection managed to bring my blood pressure up in about 10 minutes.
- The Acrobat Reader contacts some mother-lode server to check if I have the right to read the book when I open the download.
- I had to sign in with my .NET account to get 'verified' after the download. I wonder what they do for Linux?
- My first attempt to copy a line of code out of the book warned "You have rights to 10 copies in the next week. Are you sure you want to proceed?".
Considering that this is a computer book, and I'd love to copy more than 10 snippets of code in the next week, this was very annoying, and made me regret my electronic purchase.
Ebooks are a great idea for technical manuals. But my recommendation is to stay away from them until the terms under which books are sold are less draconian, and more helpful to the consumer. So get yourself a paper copy, hopefully it'll come with a CD for all that code.
- Hats off to "Mastering Tomcat Development"
In the past year I have read a fair amount of Tomcat documentation, as well as the odd book on the topic. Tomcat is not simple - one must commit to understanding it, as it manifests its own view of the world. This book is what one needs to grok what Tomcat is and how it does what it does. It is far and away, hands-down, the best book I have read to date on the subject - no contest. The authors write intelligently, insightfully, to the point, and without the distracting (publishers: are you listening?) spate of vapid jokes that characterize so many works that pass for technical books these days.
I couldn't put this book down, I was so impressed by its quality of writing and relevance to what I wanted to know about Tomcat.
This book can safely and heartily be recommended to a friend.