If you're finding summer to be a good time to learn something new, you could look at the Java EE 6 tutorial. This book makes for a complete and detailed reference for anyone wanting to learn and use Java EE 6.

What is now available is the first part of the tutorial with the second part out soon before JavaOne (September 2010). A recent episode of the Oracle Author Podcasts explains what to expect and how the tutorial is structured.

Both tutorials (part 1 and 2) contain sample code which you'd probably want to try out for yourself, so you could simply download and install Java EE 6 SDK or GlassFish Open Source Edition 3.0.1 and get both the tutorial and examples straight from the Update Center.

This tutorial will also be published by Addison-Wesley as part of the Java Series. The title of the first part is The Java EE 6 Tutorial: Basic Concepts (600 pages) while the second part will be called Advanced Topics (408 pages).

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