Slashdot has Craig Pfeifer's review of Server-Based Java Programming, by Ted Neward: "
If you are looking for a Java2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) overview (Enterprise Java Beans (EJB), Servlets,
Java Server Pages (JSP)...) or an intro to Java fundamentals, this book is not for you. This book covers some
fundamentals of threads, classloaders and sockets, but the bulk of the text is the application of these
concepts. If you aren't already familliar with how these features are commonly used, you might find yourself
doing a little prerequisite work to get the full value out of the material in these chapters."