Micro Book Review: The Definitive Guide to Terracotta

Title: The Definitive Guide to Terracotta: Cluster the JVM for Spring, Hibernate and POJO Scalability
Author: Ari Zilka (Terracotta CTO) and his team
Pages: 368

What the book is about
The books is an introduction about Terracotta which helps you distribute -transparently- the Java Virtual Machine memory over several JVMs. The main part of “The Definitive Guide to Terracotta” focuses on use cases. Those are quite good motivated, explained and described with many examples and working code.

What I've learned from the book

  • What Terracotta and virtual heaps are
  • How to use TC with ehCache, Hibernate and for session clustering
  • Dropping in ready-to use functionality with TC integration modules (TIM) is easy

What I didn't like

  • Chapter about optimizations but not extensive enough and not enough information about deployments and deployment scenarios.

Should you buy this book?
Yes, highly recommended, it’s written by the Terracotta guys, you can’t get better and more accurate information.

Who should buy the book

  • Every developer or architect who wants to use or evaluate Terracotta

Book kindly supplied by the publisher. This is a short version of my former review

I've chosen the micro review format because it lends itself to be used as a future micor format and I like short reviews myself. You can read the table of contents elsewhere, I don't like it when reviews iterate the content.

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