May 14, 2003
A Study of Mac OS X Specifically for Java Developers: O'Reilly Releases "Mac OS X for Java Geeks"
Sebastopol, CA--Praise for the newest Mac operating system has ranged
from mildly glowing to unbridled hyperbole. Regardless of the choice of
words, there is general agreement that Mac OS X is elegant, powerful,
visually pleasing, and virtually crash-proof. Even those who are not
under its spell can observe the willing migration of users to Mac OS
X. And end-users are not the only ones making the transition; the new
OS is drawing developers, too, including a steadily increasing number
of Java developers. The reason for this? Novelty and a pleasing
countenance, while appealing in their own right, may not provide
impetus enough to lure Java developers from their current development
platform. But, as Will Iverson, author of Mac OS X for Java Geeks
(O'Reilly, US $39.95) explains, "Mac OS X is finally a developer's
platform. With the melding of BSD, a killer user interface, and
unprecedented stability, code can finally be written on the Mac OS X
platform and deployed to Windows, Linux, Unix, or other Mac OS X
Iverson, an experienced Java developer who has been working in Java
since Java 1.0 shipped, considers Mac OS X one of the best Unix-based
application development workstations available. "The broad support for
Java and a wide variety of open source technologies make Mac OS X an
extremely rich, powerful environment."
The onetime product manager for Java at Apple Computer who left the
company in part because he thought there was no adequate investment in
Java on the classic operating system has again become a believer. "The
release of Mac OS X and the corresponding improved JDK made me return
to the platform," Iverson says.
"Mac OS X for Java Geeks" delivers a complete and detailed look at the
Mac OS X platform, geared specifically toward Java developers. The book
is a must-read for new and experienced Java developers evaluating Mac
OS X as their primary development platform. The first book to cover the
Mac OS X JDK 1.4 implementation, it provides an overview of the Java
application development world.
The book begins by laying out the Mac OS X tool set, from the included
Java Runtime Environment to third-party tools, IDEs, and Jakarta Ant.
Readers will be brought up to speed on advanced, Mac-specific
extensions to Java, including the Spelling Framework, the Speech
Framework, and integration with QuickTime. In addition to providing
clear explanations of these extensions, the book teaches Java
developers how to write code that falls back to non-Mac specific code
when it runs on other platforms to keep applications portable.
After exploring the fundamentals of the Mac OS X Java platform, readers
will learn how to get the Apache web server running and supplement it
with the Jakarta Tomcat JSP and servlet containers. The book covers
JSPs and servlets running on Mac OS X, including installation and
connectivity to a database. Once their web applications are up and
running, readers will learn how to interface them with EJBs via the
JBoss application server on Mac OS X. Finally, the book covers the
latest developments in web services, including XML-RPC and SOAP.
Mac OS X for Java Geeks
ISBN 0-596-00400-1, 282 pages, $39.95 (US), $61.95 (CAN), 28.50 (UK)
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