Saturday Mar 27, 2010

More GlassFish Books - From JSF 2.0 to OSGi

Time to do an updated list of GlassFish books. I've added 16 new entries since the March Review; some are dedicated to the operation of GlassFish, some use GlassFish in all their examples, some only in most. I'm sure there are other worthy entries; add a comment if you want to submit names to the collage; I've left out books that only use GlassFish as one of the "common containers" (GlassFish, Apache Tomcat and JBoss).

You may also want to check the Amazon Listmania I created to help me track them.

Monday Aug 10, 2009

New GlassFish Podcast episode: Antonio Goncalves

Antonio and his book(s)

It's been a while since the last GlassFish Podcast episode and even longer since the last interview, so here it goes - episode #36 an interview with Antonio Goncalves.

Antonio Goncalves has many hats and this discussion covers a lot of ground starting with his recently published Java EE 6 book with GlassFish v3. It also covers his favorite Java EE 6 feature, his role in the JCP as an individual contributor, as the Paris JUG leader, his take on Spring vs. Java EE 6 and some thoughts on JSR 299.

Enjoy the episode. iTunes users can find it here.

Thursday Jun 18, 2009

Another GlassFish v3 Book - Adam Bien and Real World Java EE Patterns


Adam's Java EE (5/6) book (Real World Java EE Patterns) is now available. The book uses GlassFish (v3) and NetBeans for its examples, which are all available online at Kenai. The book is an example of self-publishing (through Lulu) and you can buy it online in either electronic or paper form.

More details at Adam's announcement. This is the second book based on JavaEE 6 (due for release in late September); the previous one is Antonio's Beginning Java™ EE 6 Platform with GlassFish™ 3: From Novice to Professional.

More GlassFish book's tagged Book.

Sunday Apr 26, 2009

More GlassFish Books - MySQL, GlassFish and Java EE 6

I recently noticed several new books based on GlassFish Server, like Yuli's book on Java EE and DBs, Using MySQL and GlassFish and Antonio's book on Java EE 6 with GF v3. Looking a bit more I also found that David also has a new book on NetBeans 6 and Java EE 5 (w/ GF) and Adam has one on the Netbeans 6 RCP that also uses GlassFish in many places.

Below is a quick table of the books I know (in random order); please (continue to) send me omissions and I will update it.

Added - Masoud's GlassFish in Action is in Early Access Edition.

Saturday Feb 14, 2009

Metro and Jersey - At Microsoft and O'Reilly


Metro, the Web Services stack, is one of the main components in GlassFish. One of its key benefits is excellent WebServices interoperability with the Microsoft stack, leveraging our relationship with MS. A consequence is showings in informal publications from Microsoft, like mszCool's Plans for 2009 and Identity Interoperability as well as in formal Federated Identity and Healthcare in the MS's The Architecture Journal.

On a related note, O'Reilly has published Java Web Services: Up and Running - A quick, practical, and thorough introduction where Martin Kalin covers SOAP and RESTful Web Services in Java using Metro and Jersey.

For WebServices discussions, check out our Forum, and the mailing lists USERS@Metro and USERS@Jersey. Although we consider Jersey a piece of Metro - we love SOAP and REST equally :-) and the two parts are intended to mesh together - we are maintaining two mailing lists as the audiences tend to be disjoint.

Wednesday Oct 29, 2008

... GF v3 Prelude One Pager, Author! Author!, GFv3 Logging, VirtualBox at Amazon, New Shoal, Windows News

A compilation of today's news of interest:

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Masoud is ahead of us! Check out his One-Pager on GlassFish v3 Prelude. The actual release of GFv3 Prelude will be split into two parts: the bits will go out this week but the special webinar is not until next week, on November 6th.

Packt Publishing is looking for an author to write a new book focused on the administration features in GlassFish server to complement their Java EE5 Development using GlassFish Application Server. Check out the Authors info, and contact Kshipra Singh (kshipras at packtpub dot com) if interested.

Carla writes about Logging features in GlassFish v3 Prelude. Overall, logging in GFv3 will now use the JDK logging facility but not all features are implemented yet, so check on Carla's writup to see the details and plans.

Shoal is getting close to the 1.1 release, as part of the preparations for GFv2.1 and Sailfin. Check out Changelog, Shreedhar's Summary Note, and Download Page.

VirtualBox is now available for retail purchase at (not in the US store, though). It's not yet a best seller; as of this writing, it is ranked 15,244 - let's see how if it goes up...

Plenty of Microsoft news aligned with PDC 2008. There is now a pre-Beta Windows 7 that includes plenty of consumer-friendly features like improved navigation and taskbars and multi-touch gestures, as well as lightweight, web-friendly versions of Office products. They have also announced their Cloud offering, Azure, but I've not had much time to check it except to note that Yousef is involved. On a more techie side, Rajeev reports that MS will add SAML 2 Support, which is good news for OpenSSO et al.

Tuesday Sep 16, 2008

GlassFish Book Lists

Yesterday's post on the 2nd Edition of Antonio's book made me do a pass through different stores looking for GlassFish-related books.


A search in the main (US-centered) store showed too many (mis)hits so I created a ListMania list to search out the bad ones. There are 27 entries in the Books on GlassFish list. I still need to sort the items; some books mention GlassFish only very briefly while others are based on it.

Outside the US a plain search highlights the relevant entries: in French at, in German at, a plain Search at, and another Search in

Overall, significant progress in the last couple of years, accelerating in recent months. We tag relevant entries as Book.

Monday Sep 15, 2008

Second Edition of Java EE 5 and GlassFish Book


Alexis announced Antonio's JavaEE 5 Book in May 07 but I can't find the TA entry - probably too busy with the JavaOne 07 events. Fortunately, he is giving us another chance!

The second edition of Antonio's Java EE 5 book is now available and it comes with more content on GlassFish Server - still only in french, though. Check out the details of the new edition at Antonio's Announcement, at Eyrolles (the publisher) and at

Book announcements are tagged Book. I'm planning a recap entry on the topic in a couple of days.

Saturday Aug 30, 2008

... Facelets, OpenSocial and Shindig, Mango, JavaEE Workshop, Mitel and Dtrace

A compilation of today's news of interest:

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Jeffrey reports that the trunk of NetBeans 6.5 now includes Facelets Support. The plan is for JSF 2.0 to include a presentation language evolved from Facelets; see Ed's latest post.

Jamey reports that OpenSocial 0.8.1 is ready and Shindig 1.0 is very close. Good news for SocialSite as it relies on both.

From Adam an announcement of a JavaEE Workshop. Adam says he is writing a book for O'Reilly - will check out with him, but I presume it is based on GlassFish Server.

And a new acronym from Yip-Hin: MANGO, as in My SQL And Netbeans, Glassfish and Open. First time I hear it; cute name, but all I know is this entry.

From Canada news of a partnership between Mitel and Sun that's leveraging VoIP and Sun's thin client technology (SunRays); see Partnership Description.

And The Observatory continues with their series on reasons to use OpenSolaris; number 2 is DTrace.

Thursday Jun 26, 2008

Two second editions, two first times

new MySQL books

The buzz of the week is all about books. The second edition of High Performance MySQL has just hit the shelves. In addition to being a complete rewrite of the first edition, this is a sort of community book, where the authors gathered together the official tools and the ones available in the community to explain how to make MySQL fly. Many topics were submitted for public discussion. It is also the first time that an author has explained in public how to write it.

The other second edition is a reprint of the MySQL Cluster certification guide. Noticed anything peculiar in the cover? Yes! It's a Sun book. This is actually the very first book to be published through Sun's new print-on-demand partner, Vervanté. In other words, Sun's first Vervanté book is a book on MySQL!

Friday Nov 16, 2007

Nice review of the recently published GlassFish book

David Salter has a nice review of the recently published GlassFish book (see previous post).

GlassFish book

The approach sounds pragmatic for both Java EE and GlassFish covering from basic webapp definition to GlassFish installation & testing. It also mentions JMS, JAX-WS, security realms and third party frameworks (Seam, facelets, ...) usage & configuration. Overall a very positive review closing with the book being a

highly recommended book for developers who are new to Java EE 5 development or the GlassFish Application Server

Have you bought/read the book?

Monday Nov 12, 2007

GlassFish in China - SunTech Days, Chinese Book, and more...

Cover of GF Book in Chinese

SunTech Days in China were a couple of weeks ago in Shangai and Beijing (Chinese Home Page, TechDays Blog). They both had content related to GlassFish, check specially Arun's Summary from Beijing.

One of the highlights was the announcement of our first GF Book in Chinese. Also, the release of GlassFish Localized into 7 languages, including Chinese and Simplified Chinese.

We continue to see increased dowloads and activity in China; for example, see the latest GlassFish GeoMap.

GlassFish-related events are happening all the time; another was SunTech Day in Tokyo last week. I know that Greg presented on jMaki and GlassFish but I believe he has not yet published a note about the event. I'll keep you posted.

Tuesday Oct 23, 2007

GlassFish Book Now Available at Amazon

Jacket of book

There is now a book on developing for GlassFish: "Java EE 5 Development using GlassFish Application Server" by David Heffelfinger. I have not yet reviewed but a copy is on its way; I'll report afterwards.

Check out the Publisher Info and the Amazon page.

Friday Jul 27, 2007

New GlassFish Book Coming

Temporary Cover Image for "Java EE 5 Development using GlassFish Application Server" by David Heffelfinger

Prefer to get your information in ink and cellulose? Then your lucky day is coming--sometime in September. That's when David Heffelfinger says that his new book, Java EE 5 Development using GlassFish Application Server, will be published.

It's billed as "The complete guide to installing and configuring the GlassFish Application Server and developing Java EE 5 applications to be deployed to this server." The publisher, Packt, has focused on open source subjects since being founded in 2004. They're currently offering a 20% pre-order discount, plus free shipping to many countries.

Wednesday May 23, 2007

"SOA Using Java Web Services" - Book Using GlassFish

Front Page for SOA Book

Mark is a frequent contributor to the GlassFish mailing lists (posts@USERS) and also a book author. His latest book is titled SOA Using Java Web Services and it is a hands-on programmer's guide to implementing Web services and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) using Java EE 5 and Java SE 6.

Mark is using GlassFish for his examples, and the book is doing very well, being one of the Top Sellers at JavaOne. Check out the Book's Web Site and TOC.

You can buy the book at your favorite local technical bookstore, or online at many places, including Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Prentice Hall.