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iText in Action. (Anglais) Broché – 11 novembre 2010
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Présentation de l'éditeur
Completely revised edition of the only book devoted to iText, a
programming tool for creating and manipulating PDF documents.
With iText, one can transform PDF documents into live, interactive
applications quickly and easily. This free and open source library for
Java and .NET is the leading tool of its kind, and was primarily
developed and maintained by Bruno Lowagie, the author of this book.
iText in Action, Second Edition offers an introduction and a practical
guide to iText and the internals of PDF. While at the entry level iText
is easy to learn, there's an astonishing range of things you can do once
you dive below the surface. This book lowers the learning curve and,
through numerous innovative and practical examples, unlocks the
secrets hidden in Adobe's PDF Reference.
This totally revised new edition introduces the new functionality added
to iText in recent releases, and it updates all examples from JDK 1.4 to
Java 5. The examples are in Java but they can be easily adapted to
The only book devoted to iTextF
New hands-on, ready to use examplesF
Written by iTexts creator
Biographie de l'auteur
owns 1T3XT BVBA, the company that protects the IP of
iText. He is the original developer and one of the current maintainers of
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iText in Action allowed me to develop this application on a very aggressive schedule (aren't all schedules aggressive?) The book clearly lays out how to use itext, fonts, tables and almost everything else I needed. On occasion I had to search on line to figure out how to do something, but most of the time I could find what I needed in the book.
In summary, I recommend iText if you need something light weight. Jasper Reports would be a good way to build an enterprise report generator. But it's problematic if you want to deploy it on lots of systems. If you choose to use iText, then this book will be worth every penny you pay for it.
As of 2014 I have not seen a good alternative to iText. The iText API is the best that I've seen for creating PDFs (if you just want to read PDFs there are other alternatives). iText appears to be used is a vast array of software products that create PDFs(although in some cases the version of iText is the earlier non-GPL encumbered open source version).
iText is released under a combined GPL/Commerical license. As I understand the iText software license, if you use the GPL license you must open source the code that makes use of iText. If you're going to use iText for an open source project then it is reasonable to purchase this book.
If you are not open sourcing your code you need to purchase a license, which starts at $1325 (in 2014). As a software engineer I think that software engineers should be paid for their work, so I have no complaint about iText as a commercial product. However, since this license is a significant amount of money, I think that it would be reasonable to expect that this book, in either paper or electronic form, to come with the commercial license (although I suppose that it could be observed that many software engineers have to buy books on other commercial software products in order to succeed in their use).
iText/iTextSharp is the de facto standard toolkit for working with PDFs--fast, relatively easy, comprehensive. If you need to stuff an Acrobat Form with data, iText is for you. If you need to parse a document into pages, iText is for you. If you need to assemble thousands of pages of construction documents in various sizes and forms, ship them halfway around the world for local printing and delivery--iText is indispensable. (Been there, done that, used iTextSharp.)
But--iText is not perfect. iText is pseudo-free software, in the sense that the library can be downloaded for free--but the library is next to useless without the documentation. And the documentation is this book--iText in Action (Second Edition). To put it another way, to use iText you have to RTFM--and this is the, ahem, manual you have to read.
Lots of examples, lots of explanation, lots of help with your project--I highly recommend this book.
Clear, step by step examples that are thoroughly explained make this a book you can understand, even without following along on the computer.
I found it very helpful.