Design Pattern Book Promo Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of our Professional Java EE Design Patterns book promotion run by Murat and I on the EJB & Java EE forum at Congratulations Frits Walraven, Dima Riabin, Jack Dwaltz and Will Myers. You will all be receiving your copies very soon.

If you took part in the promotion and would like a copy of our book you can get one on Amazon here: Professional Java EE Design Patterns.

Thank you to all those who took part in the promotion, some very got questions were asked and some interesting discussion were had. I hope to get the chance to discuss more about design patterns with you all in the future.

Win a copy of Professional Java EE Design Patterns

Join Murat @yenerm and I @alextheedom in the EJB & Java EE forum at where we will be giving away copies of our book Professional Java EE Design Patterns. For a chance to win a copy just ask us a question. We will be there all week starting 3rd February. Looking forward to see you all.

Switch Statements

Contrary to if-then-else statements, a switch statement can have numerous possible paths of execution. Switches works on primitive data types such as integer as well as enumerated types and newly introduced in Java 7 switch work with Strings. The following article Switch Statements and Gotchas shows how to use switch and identifies a few gotchas that can easily trip you up.

Compile, deploy and start Tomcat with Ant script

Apache ant is a tool used to automate repetitive development tasks. One task that is particularly useful is the compile and deploy of a web application. However the process can be automated a little further by starting the Tomcat server after the final deploy task has finished. Read more in the full article Compile, deploy and start Tomcat with Ant script.

Professional Java EE Design Patterns arrives in US stores

This Monday (January 12) our book “Professional Java EE Design Patterns arrived in store, this means that major US accounts such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble received their preorders. To win 1 of four copies of our book join us during the week starting 13th February at Java Ranch EJB and other Java EE technology forum for our book promotion. Murat (@yenerm) and I (@alextheedom) will be on hand all week to answer your question about design patterns in Java EE.

Professional Java EE Design pattern in Java Magazine.

Our book Professional Java EE Design Patterns gets its first public outing in the Java Magazine. This is a very exciting first step as we ramp up publicity prior to its publication in January 2015. Its available to pre-order from at a 30% discount. Click here to buy it on