Monday, January 26, 2009

Linux Toys II or Definitive Guide to Apache MyFaces and Facelets

Linux Toys II: 9 Cool New Projects for Home, Office, and Entertainment

Author: Christopher Negus

• Builds on the success of the original Linux Toys, with new projects you can build using different Linux distributions

• All-new toys in this edition include a MythTV entertainment center, eMoviX bootable home movies, a BZFlag game client and server, and an Icecast Internet radio station, plus five more.

• Companion Web site,, provides information for further enhancing your Linux Toys II projects

• Includes a CD-ROM with scripts, packages, and code for the projects

Interesting textbook: Migraines for Dummies or Pocket Guide to the 12 Steps

Definitive Guide to Apache MyFaces and Facelets

Author: Zubin Wadia

The Definitive Guide to Apache MyFaces and Facelets
is an ideal reference if you're looking to develop real-world applications with the open source lightweight Apache MyFaces and Dojo (the Ajax API). The book focuses less on theory and more on aspects like scalability, design, optimization, and configurability.

This book emphasizes meeting real-world requirements for performance and scalability. It includes lucid code samples that reflect the pattern being described. The "In the Trenches" sections in each chapter give you advice and recommendations based on actual experiences with each pattern. What's more, the "Extreme Extensions" section at the end of each relevant chapter is dedicated to a "freestyle" expression of taking a particular pattern or set of patterns to the max. (This is a great way for you to learn because of the magnification effect.) This is also the first book to embrace the Dojo framework for Ajax (soon to be an Apache project).

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