Developing JavaBeans Using VisualAge for Java, Version 2
||Nilsson et al.
||John Wiley & Sons
||Beginner - Intermediate
Review courtesy of Amazon.com
IBM VisualAge for Java is a powerful Java development tool, but it doesn't always get a lot of press. The authors of
Developing JavaBeans Using VisualAge for Java, Version 2, meet a real need with their
well-organized tutorial using this capable Java tool. This book can also serve as an introduction to Java programming.
There is good coverage of JavaBeans with both visual and
non-visual components. Later chapters whet the user's appetite with newer Java
features (like Swing/JFC, enterprise beans, and servlets). You'll want to go
elsewhere for more thorough coverage of these technologies, but the book lets you try out these features
with small working examples that are scaled just right for readers new to VisualAge development. (A working
version of the VisualAge tool is included on the accompanying CD-ROM.) The
authors show the strengths (and quirks) of VisualAge, with good coverage of
its visual programming style (where beans are "wired" together).
They even provide a list of "anti-patterns" -- things to watch out for in your
There aren't many tools-based guides to Java. (Most concentrate on the
language itself.) Developing JavaBeans shows that a good way to learn the Java language is with the VisualAge tool.