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Java Application Frameworks
by Darren Govoni
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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Book Description
A complete guide to designing and using frameworks for Java applications. JavaTM Application Frameworks. Application frameworks are a major leap forward in systems design and software reusability. Java has provided an enormous foundation upon which highly reusable components and applications can be built successfully. Building object-oriented systems is complex. Building highly reusable frameworks and components is even more challenging. This book substantially reduces the application frameworks' learning curve. Expert Darren Govoni follows a natural progression, from concept, to practice, to implementation. Building on examples of existing frameworks, he walks you through all the steps involved in designing frameworks, and provides guidelines on how to use frameworks within large architectures and systems. Important topics covered include: * Basic framework concepts and design techniques. * Using 8 design patterns--illustrated with UML--for framework design and implementation. * Constructing JavaBean components as the building blocks for a reusableframework . * A complete discussion of two powerful Java frameworks--Java Foundation Classes (JFC/Swing) and InfoBus--and how they adhere to the important traits found in good frameworks: proper use of abstraction through interfaces and abstract classes, substitution of application objects, extension or enhancement of key objects within the framework through abstract and default implementations. * How to manage complexity and reusability with abstracted foundations. * A complete methodology and architecture--Composite Foundation Architecture--for organizing and developing frameworks, components, and subsystems within a larger complex system. * Key considerations for developing frameworks within distributed architectures, including data access, GUIs, business objects, and distributed objects using JDBC, JFC, and RMI. * How to use enterprise frameworks such as Enterprise JavaBeans and CORBA (via Java IDL) to access, retrieve, and store information across a network. Visit the Companion Web site at for: * Source code from the application objects presented in this book. * Links to more information on frameworks. DARREN GOVONI is a senior engineer at FGM, Inc. in Herndon, Virginia where he provides support and research for gov-ernment and Department of Defense projects and contracts. His research activities focus on complex adaptive systems and fractal architectures as well as mobile agents, framework components, and highly-distributed systems. Mr. Govoni was the lead speaker and organizer for the Java Frameworks mid-year workshop for OOPSLA '98. Wiley Computer Publishing Timely. Practical. Reliable. Visit our Web site at

Product Details
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; edition (Jun 11, 2023)
  • ISBN: 0471329304
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 Based on 6 reviews.
  • Sales Rank: 1287683

Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

4Nice introduction to frameworks, Aug 20, 2023
I guess framework is now a buzzword in the IT market. If you want to know more about it, read this book.

Java Application Frameworks is a necessity for managers as well as developers diving deep into the development of applications. It introduces to the reader basic application concepts as well as introduces some well known java frameworks like collection framework, infobus etc. For framework developers, it introduces them to the details of constructing and designing one. If you are diving into building a framework, read this book first.

This is definitely a book that is worth the money.

For readers who wants to know more about application framework, read the book "Building Application Frameworks" by Mohamed E Fayad, Douglas C. Schmidt, Ralph E. Johnson.

14 of 18 people found the following review helpful:

1Utter waste, Dec 15, 2022
Basically, what this book does is repeat a message any decent Java programmer already knows: use interfaces instead of implementations. It wraps this message in a variety of incomprehensible disguises. But Govoni doesn't even follow his own advice: in his thoroughly botched description of the Java Collections API, he repeatedly uses concrete implementations (ArrayList, HashMap, etc.) to declare collections. You are supposed to use the interfaces (List, Map, etc.) to declare, mentioning the concrete implementation only when the object is constructed, so that your whole program doesn't become dependent on which implementation of a collection you are using. In other words, say:

(1) List l = new ArrayList();


(2) ArrayList l = new ArrayList();

It is extremely appalling that Govoni writes every single Collections example using the approach of (2), not one. He can't even follow his own, repeated-to-the-point-of-idiocy advice. This is what happens when publisher greed, Java hype, Design Patterns hype, and a bad author all get together.

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful:

5Not for those needing hand holding, Dec 10, 2022
If you want a book that gives you all the source code you need to reuse its concepts without understanding them, this book is not for you.

However, if you know what is going on and understand the big picture, this book is a keeper.

This book introduces a line of thinking that enables you to be a "next level" developer.

If you are a guy that is simply an implementer and want juicy examples to steal, then this book isn't for you.

By the way, the impact of Kevin Trent Smith on this book cannot be missed or ignored!

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful:

2Confusing examples, Sep 20, 2023
The subject is very interesting and the author definitely knows what he is talking about, but the book is hard to follow. I always liked books that have good examples, like books by Kernighan & Ritchie or Bruce Eckel. Meaningless examples is the biggest problem with this book. Although the author tried to stay brief and at the high level of abstraction, this should not have prevented him from trying to come up with some examples that illustrate the subject well and entertain the reader. Many examples in this book have bugs because they were never tested.

Advice - wait till the Java patterns book by James W. Cooper becomes available at the stores, or download it from the Net.

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful:

5Java Beans chapter is outstanding. Very easy to read, Sep 19, 2023
This book is great! The chapter on Java Beans explains it so well. The rest of the book is OK, but I highly recommend the Java Beans chapter.

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