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Chapter 1. Introduction > About the WebSphere Application Server Product

About the WebSphere Application Server Product

The WebSphere Application Server is a large and complex product. As such, it is function-rich and can be configured and used in numerous ways. But you probably know that already. The kind of person likely to pick up this book and consider buying it is someone who has an understanding of what the WebSphere Application Server is and just how challenging its administration can be. It is also likely that you have either tried administering the product or might be wondering how to administer it using scripting. If you’ve gone down this road on your own, you have probably had some challenging moments (alright, hours) attempting to get your scripts to “behave.” That is what this book is all about.

This book is not for the novice WebSphere Application Server administrator. It doesn’t define or explain J2EE™ or an application server. Definitions and explanations of foundational topics are available elsewhere (see the online documentation[2]). This book is focused on the topic of scripting for the WebSphere Application Server environment.

[2] http://www.IBM.com/software/webservers/appserv/was/library/.

In writing this book, we spent a great deal of time trying to understand this beast and what is required to administer a WebSphere Application Server using the examples that exist in the available documentation. As a WebSphere Application Server technical support analyst and team lead, and as instructors, we have also spent a great deal of time sharing our knowledge of this topic with others. That, too, is what this book is about—sharing some of what we have learned with those who are interested in learning.

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