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Title:
Not Just Java
Author:
Peter van_der_Linden
ISBN:
0 13 864638 4
Publisher:
SunSoft Press
Pages:
313pp
Price:
£31-95
Reviewer:
Brian Bramer
Subject:
java; CORBA and COM
Appeared in:
10-1
Many technologies are used in the Internet, i.e. it is 'not just Java' and this text discusses Java within the context of multi-tiered systems, thin clients, Cobra, ActiveX, etc.

The book starts by describing how the Internet works (TCP/IP) and WWW basics (hypertext, browsers, HTML, CGI, JavaScript) followed by a discussion of Java (in particular the importance of the goal of platform independence). Security is a major headache in networks where users are downloading and running software on their machines; this is discussed in depth comparing the security issues of Java, Active X and browser plug-ins (practical examples of lack of security are given). Java language specifics and libraries (which impact on the Internet) are then reviewed in some detail. The client/server concept is then discussed together with the administration problems and costs of PCs (the clients). The thin client concept is then introduced together with the place of Java in network computers, followed by a discussion of Intranets and multi-tiered systems. 'Software frameworks' are then contrasted (Microsoft's ActiveX, Apple's OpenDoc, Sun's JavaBeans and COBRA) followed by a discussion of databases and JDBC. Finally the book finishes with a discussion of industry tends in the new millennium. The discussions are supported throughout with practical examples and in-depth case studies.

I found this a very well written, interesting and informative book. It would be of use to managers and system developers working with Internet technologies and as a text for students studying networks and the Internet. Highly recommended!