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Core JSTL: Mastering the JSP Standard Tag Library (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition Series) [Paperback]

David Geary
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26 Nov 2002 0131001531 978-0131001534 1

Core JSTL is an in-depth examination of the JavaServer Pages Standard Tag Library (JSTL), which provides a standard set of custom tags--including tags for iteration, accessing URLs, database access, internationalization, and the manipulation and transformation of XML documents--that Web page authors and software developers can use to develop Web sites. The book illustrates JSTL's capabilities with lots of code snippet and examples. These examples are creative and practical combinations of tags you can use right now! An advanced part of the book covers JSTL configuration and integration of Java code with JSTL. JSTL defines an expression language that facilitates Web site development by providing an alternative to Java code in Web pages. The JSTL expression language also allows easy access to data such as request parameters and attributes, cookies, and HTML headers. Core JSTL examines all aspects of this powerful new addition to the JavaServer Pages standard, and is written for page authors and software developers alike. JSTL is a Java standard for developing dynamic web sites. It gives non-programmers access to powerful operations through HTML-like tags.

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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (26 Nov 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131001531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131001534
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 17.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,556,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The breakthrough solution for easier, faster, and more powerful Web development.

  • Powerful techniques for accelerating, simplifying, and standardizing Web application development
  • In-depth coverage of JSTL 1.0, including built-in tags, the new JSTL expression language, and custom tag development
  • Written for both experienced Java platform developers and Web page authors
  • By the best-selling author of Graphic Java and Advanced JavaServer Pages

Using JSTL, software developers and Web page authors can create robust, flexible Web applications more quickly and easily than ever before. Now, best-selling author and JSTL expert David Geary presents the definitive guide to JSTL: its built-in tags, powerful expression language, and extensibility. Through practical examples and extensive sample code, Geary demonstrates how JSTL simplifies, streamlines, and standardizes a wide range of common Web development tasks and helps you build Web applications far more easily than JavaServer Pages technology alone.

Key topics covered:

  • Building HTML forms; accessing form data, JavaBeans components (beans), collections, and maps; constructing URLs and importing their content; redirecting HTTP responses; iterating over collections of objects; handling errors
  • Localizing Web sites for multiple languages and countries, including localizing text and formatting and parsing numbers, currencies, percents, and dates.
  • Creating and accessing data sources, making queries and iterating over the results; performing database inserts, updates, and deletes; executing database transactions
  • Parsing XML documents; using XPath with JSTL custom actions; transforming XML with XSLT, filtering XML; accessing external entities


shows you how to:

  • Use JSTL to simplify Web development tasks
  • Use the new JSTL expression language
  • Access databases and execute transactions
  • Develop internationalized Web sites
  • Work with XML documents and JSP technology
  • Extend JSTL with custom tags

About the Author

DAVID M. GEARY is the president of Sabreware, Inc., a training and consulting company focusing on server-side Java technology. He has been developing object-oriented software for nearly 20 years and was among the pioneers who worked on the Java platform APIs at Sun Microsystems from 1994 to 1997. Geary is the author of six books on Java technology, including the runaway best-selling Graphic Java series, and Advanced JavaServer Pages. A member of the expert group that developed JSTL, he is also a contributor to the Apache Struts JSP software application framework and wrote questions for the Web component developer certification exam. Since 1996, he has been a columnist for Java Report magazine. He also writes JavaWorld's Java Design Patterns column.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for Servlet/JSL Developers 24 Feb 2003
The JSP Standard Tag Library is designed to simplify many of the difficult tasks encountered while creating JSPs. This book covers the new built-in tags and the expression language which are part of JSTL. The book describes itself as a "definitive" guide and that fairly well sums it up. JSTL is covered in excellent detail with lots of examples and sample code. The book is divided into three parts. The first part introduces JSTL and discusses the JSTL expression language. Examples of proper usage as well as common errors are shown. The next part covers the tags themselves (referred to as actions). This part is split over several chapters including chapters on conditional actions, iteration actions, i18n actions, database actions, and XML actions. Each action is covered in detail with at least one example of its usage. The final section is a short reference covering all the actions. Overall, I found this book to be very well written guide to JSTL. I think most Servlet/JSP developers will find this to be an excellent resource for learning JSTL. There were a couple of places in the book that I found the author's explanations a little confusing but overall he does an excellent job of helping to understand how to properly use JSTL....
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent overview of JSTL 15 July 2003
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For developers with some experience of JSP, this is the book to get you swifty on the road to using JSTL in your web applications. The book states that it is for "Java developers with a basic understanding of servlets and JSP" and succeeds in the task of informing on a new technology without wasted chapters on basic concepts. While I'm not a huge fan on the Prentice Hall series of books, I found this one superb in that I needed to learn JSTL in a short time (for a job interview) and it fitted the bill perfectly. The writing style is clear and understandable and while many of the examples are basic, they do their job of demonstrating the concepts and mechanisms of JSTL. For those with a bit of experience in this area "Core JSTL" is the one to go for, but for developers just coming to JSP however, I would recommend "JSTL in Action" by Shawn Bayern (Manning) as a more suitable book as it deals with many more of the basic concepts of JSP.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Addition with Reservations 11 Jan 2003
By Daniel Fitzgerald - Published on Amazon.com
I like Geary and have his Swing book ( which is in my opinion the definitive tome on the subject ). He's a good author. This new outing covers the tags quite well and with some good practical insights. There are a few things that I just would have done differently had I been the writer, but I liked the formatting and I18N chapters, perhaps the best ones out of the lot.
However, there is not even a mention of the JSP 1.2 XML syntax or how to use JSTL with it, which is [imho] a pretty glaring oversight. In the sample code none of the beans implement 'Serializable' which according to the javaDocs, is a bean requirement. The DTD the samples point to is erroneous. You have to type the samples in because the site from where you are supposed to be able to download them doesn't exist.
For someone who was so meticulous in his previous books, I find this one written by a different Geary. Maybe this is the case. But it did get me on top of the JSTL pretty quickly and that gets 3 stars. There is not much else out there on this subject at the moment.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Take the Next Step with Java Server Pages 20 Mar 2003
By W Boudville - Published on Amazon.com
Last year I built a website that used Java Server Pages to dynamically generate most of the pages. It worked well, but was very kludgy. JSPs invariably mix the HTML display code with some of the internal data logic. Through a judicious use of the
Model-View-Controller paradigm, I was able to reduce this mixing. But a minimal amount was still inevitable. This is a common experience with JSPs. You end up with files containing java code and HTML. Ugly and brittle. Plus, it calls upon two areas of expertise. A separation of the two would be much more
robust, and allow people with skills in only one of these areas to still contribute to the development.
In answer to this, Sun has been refining its Standard Tag Library. Specifically, it now has an expression language that is a programming language in its own right and is comprehensively described in this book, which bears Sun's official impramateur. Programmers versed in other languages can quickly absorb this. Thru it, you can easily write code to access Java Beans and other java programs. Plenty of clear examples are provided.
Of interest to several will be how to use STL to hook up to back end SQL databases; transferring from them into webpages and transmitting user changes back into the databases.
The author also covers the important case of interacting with XML, which is now a de facto standard for data interchange. Nor does he neglect describing issues of internationalisation. Practical for those who have to support several languages.
The sum of all these is to make this book very useful for those of you needing to build JSPs in business applications. I do wish I had this book last year!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars J2EE Guy 15 Mar 2005
By Yankees Rule - Published on Amazon.com
One of the best books i found on JSTL. Provides in-depth knowledge & extensive examples of JSTL.

This book helps us to understand why, where and how to use JSTL tags. follows the typical MVC pattern [ a clear separation of View from Model]

Though, I am not a great fan of SQL, XML tags, the Core & I18N JSTL tags are not only valuable but also easy to use. Now we could have non-Java programmers to design all of your JSP pages.

[our last project leveraged JSTL/ Struts/ Tiles frameworks]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Core JSTL: Mastering the JSP Standard Tag Library 2 Sep 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I was new to JSTL with some JSP/Servlet experiences.
This is all I need to get started with JSTL.
Lots of example codes to help me understand.
I was particulary interested in I18N and Formatting sections and this book covers every area of JSTL including these sections fairy well. (Lots of books tend to cover very lightly on i18n sections)
I highly recommend this book! This is my JSTL reference book. I also looked at other JSLT books, but I think this is the best by far.
5.0 out of 5 stars Geary Rocks on JSP! Excellent author 22 April 2006
By H M Hardaway - Published on Amazon.com
I have seen David Geary speak and have read his writing many times and there is no one I know that makes JSP more interesting or more understandable. Core JSTL: Mastering the JSP Standard Tag Library is easily the best book on the subject I have read, or used in practice, or recommended to others. It is clear, concise, and logical. Trust me on this one... you will be a fan of Geary and his books after reading this one.
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