The subtitle for this book is “A Practical Guide.” That subtitle is perfect. This is one of the most immediately useful and practical books I’ve read in a long time. I began using JBoss at the same time I started reading this book and I appreciated that the book started out with the relatively simple task of getting JBoss installed. However, while the book starts at an introductory level it doesn’t stay there. It progresses through more advanced topics such as JMS, JavaMail, JAAS, and Web Services.
The writing is clear and enjoyable throughout. An extended example of a car dealer carries forward throughout the book. This helps the concepts fit together and build upon one another. JBoss at Work is highly informative and, as its subtitle promises, a practical guide. I highly recommend it.