Sunday, 4 May 2014

Useful video course for JBoss 7

When it comes to web and enterprise development with Java, mastering at least one of the widely popular application servers is a key. And the more you know of its tweaks, and bells, and whistles, the bigger your professional value is. On the path of becoming an expert of JBoss the PACKT Publishing's video course JBoss EAP Configuration, Deployment, and Administration might come as handy as a very powerful set of cheat-sheets. Glancing at the course's contents is enough to gain an impression on the breadth of the conceptual coverage. That is eight sections of videos ranging from running and configuring the different operation modes of the server (or a cluster of servers), through loading and troubleshooting applications, to optimizing performance and logging behavior.

The target audience of this course is the advancing professional. The beginners would also gain insight on many important points, still they might need to re-watch some sections several times while practicing with their applications. The pace is quite fast, so it needs a seasoned developer to follow the shown steps without the need to pause and rewind for repetition.

Although the contents seem a bit scattered at times, I think the direction of the course is quite clear. The lack of obvious structural cohesion (like with books) is not necessarily a disadvantage. The course feels like filing important gaps, which had emerged in time throughout the work of many developers. That makes for a very useful point of reference when tings become unclear.

The visual design is pretty and very appealing. The navigation is dead simple and fast. One thing that can definitely be improved is the sound quality. Its editing too. There are some jumps in the volume level that might feel a bit unpleasant. Also some smudging of the authors voice at some places could make it harder to follow. But in perspective, compared to the value of the knowledge the course brings, this disadvantage is quite minimal.

As a whole this is one of the most useful sets of hands-on information on JBoss that I've came across.