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Quartz Job Scheduling FrameworkQuartz Job Scheduling FrameworkBuilding Open Source Enterprise ApplicationsPreface
I first came across Quartz in 2004 when I was looking for a job scheduler while designing a medical claimsprocessing engine. I was initially skeptical about the framework because it seemed to so exactly fit what I was looking for. Very quickly that skepticism turned into kidlike joy as I realized what I had stumbled upon.
During the course of writing other books and articles and while doing the presentation circuit at various Java User's Groups across the country, I had not once come across the Quartz framework. I probably had looked at and researched hundredspossibly even thousandsof other open source frameworks. I was just dumbfounded by how this framework could have escaped my attention and the detection of the user community.
Many things about the framework remind me of the early days with Apache Struts, including some of the internal design approaches that the creator of Quartz chose, as well as the way in which the user community has grown as word has spread. Although it's true that the number of users who need job scheduling will likely never be as high as those who need a Web framework, Quartz offers much to be excited about.
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