“Mac OS X for Java Geeks,” a new US$39.95 282-book from
O’Reilly offers a detailed look at Mac OS X and is geared specifically toward Java developers who are evaluating the operating system as their primary development platform.
The book (ISBN 0-596-00400-1) — which covers the Mac OS X JDK 1.4 implementation — starts by laying out the Mac OS X tool set, from the included Java Runtime Environment to third-party tools, IDEs and Jakarta Ant. There is information on advanced, Mac-specific extensions to Java, including the Spelling Framework, the Speech Framework and integration with QuickTime.
“Mac OS X for Java Geeks” also teaches Java developers how to write code that falls back to non-Mac specific code when it runs on other platforms to keep applications portable. After exploring the fundamentals of the Mac OS X Java platform, readers are informed on how to get the Apache Web server running and how to supplement it with the Jakarta Tomcat JSP and servlet containers.
The book — which was written by Will Iverson, onetime product manager for Java at Apple — covers JSPs and servlets running on Mac OS X, including installation and connectivity to a database. Once their Web applications are up and running, readers will learn how to interface them with EJBs via the JBoss application server on Mac OS X, according to O’Reilly. Finally, the book covers the latest developments in Web services, including XML-RPC and SOAP.
You can check out Chapter 10, ”
QuickTime for Java,” online. Other information — including the table of contents, index, author bio and samples — can also be