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Posted August 12, 2002
<p> Developing Java applications using XML data binding is a new, important and exciting area. Unfortunately, I need to say that this book is completely misleading and confusing due to the poor design and quality of the sample code. </p><p> Sample code for the book is maintained on a special Web site, but it is actually not complete and cannot be used as is. </p><p> All that can be done with JAXB code samples for chapters 3, 4 is compilation. As for running a simple command line example for JAXB unmarshalling, there is simply no way to do this because complete source is not provided. </p><p> JAXB unmarshalling process is demonstrated on code snippets, but there is no need to maintain a source Web site for unexecutable demos! </p><p> Main sample for unmarshalling is supposed to work with Java servlets, but the simple fact that this needs a Web server (for example, Tomcat) which needs to be properly configured is never put explicitly. </p><p> With this in mind, going on with more involved data binding frameworks like Castor does not make any sense. </p><p> Apparently, the author is not aware of specifics of sample code development. Unfortunately, this book does not fit the venerable tradition of Internet tutorial writing. </p>Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.