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Subject [Commons Wiki] Update of "CommonsResources" by HenriYandell
Date Sun, 28 Mar 2010 17:40:10 GMT
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The "CommonsResources" page has been changed by HenriYandell.
The comment on this change is: Removing my opinion as it's out of date..
http://wiki.apache.org/jakarta-commons/CommonsResources?action=diff&rev1=17&rev2=18

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  An important part of the books and articles from the community's point of view, is which
versions of the components they cover. Hopefully we can outline these here.
  
- === Opinion of HenriYandell ===
- As a fervent buyer of technical books, especially open-source ones, I have a lot of opinions
when it comes down to these books. Take the following with a grain of salt, especially as
they are based on memory and personal view:
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-  * Christian's book is not solely focused on Commons, but is instead about programming in
general, with Commons as a focused set of examples. This book came out quietly and seems academic
in nature; useful for teaching a class I'd suspect.
-  * Harshad's book was the first out that I would consider a real Commons book. I was one
of the technical reviewers, and so a large pinch of salt should apply here. I think the book
is very good for anyone with little Commons experience, with nice examples and a good wide
coverage of Commons components. 
-  * I'm drooling at the thought of Tim's book. The Commons and Cookbook concepts suit each
other very well and I think this is a possible classic. Very well suited to any fans of the
Perl Cookbook or people with some experience of Commons already I am going to guess (currently
reading this).
-  * My school-German is too weak nowadays to understand Torsten's book. It's niche is quite
clear, though whether a speaker of German and English would prefer it, I don't know.
-  * I've yet to read Will's book from Prentice Hall.
-  * I've never read a SourceBeat book, so have little clue on Jonathan's text. It's been
coming-soon for almost a year now it seems though, which has been dissapointing. The blog
is interesting, and suggests Jonathan will be focusing on a smaller set of components than
I would expect. One advantage of the SourceBeat approach is that we're promised updates to
the text on a subscription model. So when released, it should stay more up to date on versions
of the components than other books.
-  * Vikram's series of articles at onjava.com were probably the first piece of text on Commons
as a whole to be published. His forthcoming book will join Harshad's as a standard style text
on Commons. I've draft-reviewed this one too, so more salt. The diffentiating factor for me
here is the author's style; Harshad's better suits inexperienced developers, while Vikram
is more efficient. Vikram's is available online at Manning as an e-book, or as individual
chapters instead of in the paper format.
- 
- So in summary:
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-  * Christian's: Teachers.
-  * Harshad's: Newbie->Intermediate Java developers.
-  * Tim's: Current users of Commons.
-  * Jonathan's: Subscription model.
-  * Vikram's: Intermediate->Experienced Java developers.
-  * Torsten's: German text.
-  * Will's: <to-come>
- (/End of Opinion)
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  == Third Party Resources  ==
  

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