That's pretty strong praise, I know, but well deserved. For the last 10 years I have attempted to keep my skill set sharp by reading and playing with new languages, frameworks, and concepts. Everyone knows the most frustrating part of most technical books is that the code samples never work. Or the author makes assumptions about your level of knowledge on something peripheral yet essential to getting the code to run.
Not so with this book.
This book will take you through all the basics to get this framework up and running in less than 10 minutes. I was amazed the first time a colleague showed me Stripes. I had never heard of it. With Stripes we were able to get a full blown web application up running using EJB 3.0 for persistence, Guice for injecting beans, and Stripes tags for the view in minutes. Naturally, I chalked this up to my colleague's expertise - the guy is scary smart. So when I changed jobs and was asked about frameworks I liked, I said Stripes.
Although the documentation on the Stripes site may be OK for gurus like my former colleague, I found myself struggling to repeat our success with Stripes by myself until I bought this book. The examples are clear, the writing enjoyable to read, and the code just flat out works.
There were some minor things that did not work as I expected them to, when I expected them to, but usually this was due to my own error. Sometimes I found I had missed something in the reading or simply gotten ahead of the author.
When I did have questions about why things weren't working quite right or why something was done a certain way, I simply posted a note on the Stripes mailing list and I was answered directly by the author himself. As I am writing this, Mr. Daoud is actually going over my configuration to see what I messed up when trying to get the Stripes MockServletContext to run properly.
If I sound excited about the book, it's because I am. The Stripes framework, the Stripes community, Tim Fennell, and Frederic Daoud are all fantastic. But now that I have this book, I have a Stripes expert with me all the time.