I highly recommend this very thin and down-to-the-earth-practical book to everybody interested in back-end Java. The book evolves around a small but realistic project (X-Ray), which we follow from the inception through couple of iterations til the end.
The upcoming book "DevOps for Developers" will provide real-world use cases (e.g., how to use Kanban or how to release software) and well-grounded background elaborations (e.g., about the danger of moral hazard in projects), this book serves as a reality check for DevOps.
Beside the fact that I have a personal history with this book, I still believe that is helpful to people which want to get a good and basic introduction to the EJB programming model. The clear separation from any appserver makes this only half as valuable than it could be.
Ten of the best books from the Deathray Research bibliography. Guaranteed to make you smarter about software engineering and the world. Inspired by the book, "This Will Make You Smarter", and my teenage son, who said today “All books are self-help books”. Couldn’t agree more.
Visual studio 2012 is in the RC stage and I am exploring it intensely. Visual Studio 2012 is, without a doubt, an excellent editor. It is much more mature and comes with lots of features. Telerik – A well know in third party controls vendor released a free eBook on Visual Studio 2012 and ASP.NET 4.5. You can find lots of time-saving features documented in this eBook.