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Instant JavaServer Pages (Application Development) [Paperback]

Paul Tremblett
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1 Jun 2000 0072126019 978-0072126013 Pap/Cdr
This is a clear, project-focused guide to web development with JavaServer Pages. It shows how to create web-based applications for online sales, company intranet, customer feedback and chat rooms.

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Inc.,US; Pap/Cdr edition (1 Jun 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072126019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072126013
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.8 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,891,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Featuring plenty of short, practical examples, Instant JavaServer Pages is a worthwhile tutorial to getting started with today's JSP programming. This no-frills text is filled with useful tips and sample solutions for using JSPs effectively in real Web sites.

While the book starts from the very beginning with JSPs, its focus on practical programming problems is what sets it apart. For instance, early sections on managing session information look at ways to authenticate users and prevent them from bypassing a login page. Other useful short examples include a simple employee database, a telephone directory, and a Web application for a helpdesk.

The heart of this title is its online computer hardware store, built with JavaBeans, that manage an underlying database through JDBC (and PostgreSQL on the back end). The sample store is enhanced in stages; subsequent versions get a shopping cart, online surveys, and even a frequent shopper program. Needless to say, the code is worth a perusal from anyone who wants to do e-commerce effectively using JSPs. Later sections contain more specialised examples, including a nifty electronic postcard site and how to implement a simple chat room.

The text closes with reference sections listing JSP and servlet APIs (as well as how to install and configure Apache Web Server, the JServ JSP engine, and the PostgreSQL database.) Of course, you can use the sample code with any JSP-enabled Web server, but you get what you need to know to get started with these freely downloadable software packages.

If you need to learn JSPs quickly for real-world projects, Instant JavaServer Pages delivers a concise tutorial and plenty of useful sample code to get you started. It does a good job of pointing you toward what's important--using easy-to-understand sample code that can jumpstart your JSP programming know-how in a hurry. --Richard Dragan, amazon.com

Topics covered:

  • Introduction to JavaServer Pages (JSP)
  • JSP vs. Active Server Pages (ASP)
  • JSP basics: directives, actions, declarations, scriptlets, and built-in objects
  • Sample JSPs for login and session management
  • JavaBeans
  • JDBC and databases
  • Sample employee database
  • Telephone directory and help desk
  • E-commerce with JSP (building a product catalogue, a shopping cart, adding user surveys, and implementing a frequent shopper program)
  • Sample JSPs for electronic postcards and a chat room
  • XML basics
  • Retrieving a postscript file
  • Installing and configuring Apache Web Server
  • The JServ JSP engine and PostgreSQL
  • JSP and servlet API reference

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2.0 out of 5 stars Too basic for most developers 22 Jan 2003
Format:Paperback
JavaServer Pages (JSP) is one of the hot Java technologies. For the experienced Java developer, JSP is not difficult to learn. For the inexperienced Java developer, JSP is not a good place to start. Which leads me to wonder who might be the target audience for "Instant JavaServer Pages". There are serious holes in what this book covers that will leave most developers looking for additional resources. Some examples:
* The author spends less than one page discussing taglibs, most of which is simply taken from the version 1.1 specification.
* Although using JSP with XML is prominently featured on the cover of the book, the author spends more pages discussing how to install and configure PostgreSQL to run the examples than he does on XML.
* On page 4, the author tells us that JSP can be used to generate WML but no examples of this are to be found in the book.
If this book was 200 pages long I might understand this missing material, but the author spends 500 pages explaining no more than the basics of using JSP. That being said, the book is not all bad. The author repeatedly demonstrates the proper use of JSP for creating a user interface. His many examples stress that business logic should be placed in Java Beans and those beans invoked by a JSP. The fact is, however, that although the author does well with the material covered, there is too much material left out for me to recommend this book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing for a first timer 13 Nov 2000
Format:Paperback
This book is clearly aimed at existing Java developers. And is about as much use to a newcommer as a chocolate teapot!
It doesn't contain even a basic language referance. Its comparison to ASP is purely cursorary, and of no pratical use if only to bolster the ego of java developers.
It has no referance to direct Database integration from the front end layer, only through servlets so is only based on n-tier methodolgies, the correct method I know but an omition nonetheless.
There is also little referance to site building techniques, dynamically built menus, accessing server and page parameters, Should at least have a comparison of ASP application, request objects with the JSP equivelent.
In short a waste of 32.99!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Practical "Roll Up Your Sleeves" Hands on Book 17 Jun 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book starts right from basics... from what are JSP and the standard "HelloWorld" Example in JSP form. It does not assume prior knowledge from the user. Also, Mr. Tremblett has given some very practical examples which can be used directly in the Real World.. One Example is of a Login Manager to handle user logins to a web site. Another example explains building a shopping cart --Online Store web site using JSPs. The author then builds on this same example by providing Customer feedback ,product evaluation,customer survey forms and frequent shopper programs. He also lists many small miscellaneous useful programs. A feature I found very useful is the step by step "for Dummies approach " appendix on how to create your own JSP Environment ...setting the system configuration..and setting up the databses...which is usually a very boring and time consuming job which is prone to errors. I dont know why the author has put it in appendix at the end. It should be put in the beginning. Also, I wish the author had included more XML examples in this book. Those working on ecommerce web sites and sites whose data changes dynamically like stock finance sites, weather sites will find the book invaluable.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great JSP Book for Beginners to Intermediates 16 Jun 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is a great book for beginners to intermediates. It is chalked full of real world examples. The book is very easy to follow and goes at a good pace. It does have a few spelling errors, but still a very good book. If you are looking for an intro book to learn JSP, this book is a great starting off point.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly useful/detailed Startup for "JSPs" 22 Jun 2000
By Michael Zabrocki - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Mr. Tremblett deserves high praise. Being new to JSP - I was immediately able to utilize the techniques outlined. The e-commerce and survey references are already proving to be invaluable to my particular situation....looking forward to spending many late nights digging deeper. The supplied source code is an added bonus!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pratical, web-ready JSP examples with clear descriptions 27 Sep 2000
By Roger A. Rubio - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I went looking for a good book on JSP, preferably with some code to illuminate my natural resistance to general explanations of technologies. I am generally an example-first learner (as opposed to a general-case-first learner). Boy was I happy when I found this book. Instant JavaServer Pages gets right to the point, presenting important JSP concepts and illustrating them with code you can put to use in the real world. The CD-ROM conatins the code from the book, along with GNU JSP and Apache to get you started. Along with Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages (which explains more about how things work with Servlets and JSPs), I managed to get a web-based account management system going within several days using the examples from this book. The example code also shows how easy it is to use JavaBeans with JSPs (I was ignorant of the JavaBean-JSP relationship before I read this book). His examples that use a database are based on Postgres, so they may need a little modification for your flavor of SQL, but otherwise this is an outstanding book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but not five stars either. 26 Sep 2000
By James E. White - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I will admit that the book does have some very good information on JSP. The code in the book is good, and the code does work for real life situations. However, this book was a tough read for me. I found that this book at times would drone on and on about some definitions that may or may not actually help you in the real world. In addition, I wish that it explained more adequately about setting up your Java environment for a Windows o/s. The book gives a very detailed installation on Unix, but virtually nothing for any Windows o/s, which to me is strange since most people have Win 95', 98' or NT. If you want to get snippets of code that will help you at the job, then this book is great. However, if you are new to JSP and trying to figure JSP out, or have a Windows box, then find another book.
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