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Web Development with JavaServer Pages [Paperback]

Duane Fields , Mark Icolb
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19 April 2000

The second edition of the bestselling Web Development with JavaServer Pages updates and expands the original. In the entirely rewritten first part of the book the authors provide a gentle introduction to the important technologies on which JSP depends. The book then launches into its updated coverage of the JSP 1.2 and Servlet 2.3 standards. New chapters on servlet filters, tag-library validation, and non-HTML content are filled with fresh examples.

This second edition shares the strengths of the first, based on the authors' substantial experience with real-world development. The book covers the complete feature set of JSP 1.2, and both the advantages and the "gotchas" associated with those features. Its depth of coverage has been an important contributor to this book's success.

You'll learn how to use databases in web applications, how to separate the look of a web page from its underlying business logic, and even how to design elegant and scalable application architectures. You can learn from and modify the many examples to get up to speed quickly. And you will develop a deep understanding of JSP technology.

What's inside:

  • HTTP and Java Servlets
  • Dynamic web scripting
  • Tag-based JSP programming
  • Custom tags
  • JSP components
  • Servlet- and page-centric application designs
  • Working with databases
  • Servlet filters
  • JSP for non-HTML content
  • Tons of examples and real code

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Product details

  • Paperback: 554 pages
  • Publisher: Manning (19 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884777996
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884777998
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 18.8 x 3.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,352,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Java Server Pages, JSP, is a Java based template system for constructing Web sites to deliver dynamic Web page content. In this regard it's similar to ASP or Cold Fusion. The book is written by site developers who choose to use it during Sun's development of JSP 1.0: pretty brave. It also covers the newer JSP 1.1 release.

JSP works by providing a set of HTML-like tags which are interpreted by the JSP container (which in turn is usually supported by Java servlets) rather than by embedding the page generating code in the program code. This makes it easier to maintain sites. The authors make a good fist of showing how to use JSP with Beans, explaining JSP directives (which specify scripting languages, for example), and using it with JNDI and other Java technologies.

As with so much Web server programming, anything practical requires a mixture of technologies and programming languages to work. JSP is no exception. As a result, most of the book is taken up with examples--ranging from the trivial to the eminently practical - showing how to use JSP for various task types and which Java technologies best expedite it. This isn't the end, though, as JSP can be used with non-Java languages--an adventure fortunately left to the student.

JSP comes late to the dynamic Web page feast, and is certainly no easier than ASP--and arguably more complex than Cold Fusion--but for Java programmers it has the huge advantage of being well integrated with the existing Java technologies. The authors are to be congratulated on an impressive and convincing JSP exposition. --Steve Patient

About the Author

A web applications developer and Internet technologist, Duane K. Fields is an expert in the design and development of leading edge Internet applications. He lives in Austin, Texas.

Mark A. Kolb, Ph.D., is a reformed rocket scientist who currently focuses on system architectures for distributed web-based applications. Mark lives in Round Rock, Texas.

Shawn Bayern, a research programmer at Yale University, is the reference-implementation lead for the upcoming JSPTL standard. Shawn lives in New Haven, CT.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 12 Dec 2001
This book covers aspects of JSP from the java developers perspective. It includes examples using Java Patterns so that you can quickly build your own applications with JSP. The chapter on distributing your application by describing the WAR file structure was very useful. The examples are pitched at a high enough level for you to feel confident that you have a good grounding in JSP after reading the book. As all good JSP books there is considerable mention of servlets and examples are given to illustrate the servlet centric model. My only criticism is that perhaps there are too many examples that use scripting elements as opposed to JSP tags.
Having said that there are many books on Tag development and it was probably right to focus on the basics first.
The detailed description of bean scope was very clear and there are examples of using the RequestDispatcher class which are missing from many books on JSP.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate JSP reference book 25 April 2001
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This has turned out to be one of those books which I just cannot do without. It is clear and concise enough to act as an introduction to JavaServer Pages for someone who has had little or no exposure to the technology, with a nice logical layout and introduction to each topic. It is also, however a very good technical reference book and as well as covering all the features of JSP gives good guidance on how to implement a real world web-based application by discussing sensible architectural design choices and helping decide which is the most logical to implement based on the skill set of your developers, team size and application complexity etc.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book overview - nice nuggets 7 Jun 2000
By A Customer
After completing a small JSP development, half this book was 'revision' for what I had already done - but a good half of the book expanded my knowledge. I'm showing some of the technical nuggets of information to other JSP development staff and getting sharp intakes of appreciation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, peters out towards the end though 22 Jan 2003
Overall this is a good book. I'm new to web development but have worked with Java and distributed applications for about four years.
I thought it started out really well and gave me an excellent introduction to JSP, although I would've liked a bit more information regarding security (even though this is rather container specific, I don't think a general discussion would have been out of place).
My only criticism is that the quality peters out towards the end of the book when custom tag libraries are discussed. For example, there are far too many forward references, and although I admit it's a hard topic to make interesting, the three chapter coverage is dull, monolithic and slow.
Despite this, I would recommend this book as there is so much other useful stuff in there, but perhaps (like me), others would be well advised to look elsewhere for a better intro to custom taglibs.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better book! 5 Aug 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This is presently, one of two better books on JSP. The other book is "core servlets & jsp" by M. Hall. Hereby, I will compare these two books:
1. I like the clarity of Hall's book. Hall expained everything very well although he did not touch as much depth as Fields & Kolb. Fields & Kolb's book was also well written, although a little on the verbose side; but it has the advantage of reaching further in depth: for example, the use of token handling to prevent re-execution of critical requests when the users push refresh...
2. The code examples in both books are excellent and worked very well. Again, Hall's examples lack some depth. For example, the databases examples are pretty poor and another key examples such as the Travel Agency examples are not as nearly as complete. Fields & Kolb's examples, some of them probably require more of your attention, reach far more in depth. I particularly like the examples on databases and customtags, expecially the examples on FAQ which is really outstanding.
My conclusion is the two books complement each other pretty well and you should buy both. And forget about those wrox books which are often an horror when it comes to testing the code examples. And you know, in programming, without good codes, you don't learn much!
41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tutorial on JSP with in-depth coverage of custom tags 4 April 2000
By Foster Schucker - Published on Amazon.com
If you are new to Java Server Pages this is the book to start with. It covers the basics on JSP construction, bean creation and connection and how work with data bases. There is a section on how to architect JSP applications to make their construction easier.
The book is full of easy to understand examples. They range from the simple "hello world" to the complex (and useful) FAQ manager.
There is also in-depth coverage on how to build your own custom tag libraries. Until now you needed to wade into the Sun Java docs, this book makes custom tags painless.
If you are serious about JSP / XML combinations, this is the book to get started with.
32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book on JSP 25 Jun 2000
By Ram Anantha - Published on Amazon.com
Just finished reading this excellent book. I believe this is one of the best well-written books ever since Java came into existence. The things I liked about this book are:
- The authors spent a lot of time explaining the fundamentals of JSP in detail, thereby providing a very good foundation.
- The chapters "Architecting JSP application" and "An example JSP project" have been very useful for me. In fact, I am using the concepts and examples presented in these chapters for a project that I am working on.
- The tips, notes, and warnings throughout the book are very useful in applying JSP technology in the real world.
- The support sites, author-online at the Manning web site are available for us to ask questions to the authors and also for discussion on JSP. I have personally found these sites to be extremely useful.
I hope to see the following things in the next version of the book:
- An exclusive chapter on the fundamentals of servlets and how it ties with JSP.
- An exclusive chapter on how JSP and EJB can work together - A real world "non-trivial" example will certainly help.
- I would also like the authors to address some of the concerns that Jason Hunter (Author of JAVA servlet programming, by O'Reilly) listed on his site,
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good book for Java developer 19 May 2000
By Yufei Qian - Published on Amazon.com
I read through this book in a week and I must say it is very well written. The concepts of JSP are well explained with an appropriate depth for a JSP application developer. I especially like the part when it explains the servlet-centric design. With this design model we shall be able to create large Web application with complex workflow, because we can implement an automata in the center servlet and use multiple JSPs to provide interaction with end-users. Personally I feel it very hard to understand JSP before you understand servlet. Thus I will advise any reader of this book to read some Java servlet documentation or code some Java servlets before you touch JSP or this book. It will be even better if the example in this book has a login page, a necessary component in a lot of JSP applications. Fortunately, you can find some solutions for that from the Net, so don't worry.
38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only book you need for Java Server Pages (JSP) development 4 Jan 2000
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I can't say enough good things about this book.
We were given the task of building a JSP project and knew nothing about the technology. This one book gave us everything we needed to understand the JSP specification from Sun. It was truly all we needed.
The book is very well written and easy to follow. The authors have done an excellent job of explaining peripheral issues associated with JSP (i.e. Servlets, EJBs, etc.).
The book also contains a ton of code samples that covers a variety of different solutions.
If you're getting ready to start a JSP project or want to master the JSP technology from Sun, look no further than this book. You won't be disappointed!
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