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JSTL in Action [Paperback]

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12 Aug 2002 1930110529 978-1930110526 1

Introduces web-page authors and programmers to the JSP Standard Tag Library (JSTL), an important new Java standard that simplifies the creation of dynamic web pages.

  • The book introduces web-page authors and programmers to the JSP Standard Tag Library (JSTL).
  • JSTL is, broadly speaking, an add-on to the JSP standard; its goal is to make JSP pages easier to develop, especially for nonprogrammers.
  • JSTL allows its users to manipulate XML, access relational databases, format text, internationalize web applications, and introduce general control-flow logic into JSP pages -- all with HTML-like tags that are accessible to web-page authors.
  • The book covers all features of the JSTL 1.0 standard. It is targeted primarily at web-page authors, who know HTML but don't necessarily know how to program.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (12 Aug 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930110529
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930110526
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 18.8 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,404,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A thorough, yet easy, introduction to the subject . . . don't overlook this title if you are involved in JSP development." -- Java Metroplex Users Group of Dallas, Ft.Worth, Texas

"An excellent introduction . . . Mr. Bayern clearly has the teacher's gift . . . I'll look forward to more books from him." -- Since1968.com

"Does a remarkably good job of unveiling relevant details...fluid, concise, entertaining, and informative." -- Java Pro Magazine April 2003

About the Author

Shawn Bayern is the reference-implementation lead for the JSP Standard Tag Library (JSTL), which is the subject of the book. JSTL is a standard under development by the Java Community Process (JCP) Shawn also serves on the JCP expert group responsible for JSP. He is a coauthor of the second edition of the bestselling book, "Web Development With JavaServer Pages" (also from Manning Publications). He works as a research programmer at Yale University.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
As someone who learnt JSP from one of the previous books from Manning press (the superb "Web Development with JavaServer Pages" by Fields et al) I was looking forward to this book. The writing style is typical of Manning books and is clear and easily understandable with all basic concepts explained in everyday language that never disappears into unexplained jargon. However, for those used to O'Reilly books it may feel long-winded.
The opening sections of the book deal with background and learning JSTL and its expression language, before demonstrating how JSTL can be used in real situations. There is also a final more advanced section on such topics as advanced XML pasing and manipulation, and developing custom tags with JSTL.
As someone who uses JSP everyday I found the beginning section familiar territory but I've always found a decent basic introduction can often prevent errors of understanding later on. Another point in this books favour is that if you want to hear how this technology fits into development, wouldn't you rather hear it from the person who happens to be the reference-implementation lead for JSTL than anybody else? This is an excellent book for someone new to JSP who wants to learn JSTL but experienced developers may find the more reference-like style of "Core JSTL" (Prentice-Hall) a better resource. All in all, an excellent book for beginners and a useful one for more experienced developers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good tutorial 18 Aug 2003
By Norman Richards - Published on Amazon.com
What the book is:
- the best JSTL tutorial I've found to learn JSTL from
What the book isn't:
- a good reference book if you already know JSTL
I got great value out of the book when I was first learning JSTL, but this book doesn't have the depth to hold my interest as a more proficient JSTL user. The reference material isn't very well formatted, and it can be somewhat difficult to find what I am looking for. Nonetheless. I highly recommend this book as a tool to learn the JSTL.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Friend in the Book Case 31 Oct 2002
By Swords and Plowshares - Published on Amazon.com
Good programming books are not rampant. Manning tends to be a great source, however. They've done it again with this book. And, this time, they have the added attraction of a great, adult sense of humour with Shawn Bayern. If you cannot use JSTL with ease after reading this book, then you will be in the minority. I don't know if Bayern makes the hard easy or the easy easy, but it definitely is made easy. I sailed through this book wondering how 400 plus pages could seem like 90 pages. The best thing is that there is a forest for the trees to live in throughout this book. Bayern is a great teacher. I'm going to look at his other book now. Maybe it is good too.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written book on JSTL 28 Aug 2002
By Peter Lin - Published on Amazon.com
Most of the time I don't bother reading books on bleeding edge technology, but I bought this book for several reasons. One, the book is well written with examples. Two, reading the book is much easier than reading the specifications from Sun. Three, it's a good reference book. Having read the servlet and jsp specs from servlet 1 & jsp .9 to the current versions, interpretting the specification can be a challenge. Those who are interested in JSTL and need an environment that is friendly to web designers/HTML coders should consider this book.
I used to have a small collection of tech books that were poorly written and useless, but JSTL isn't in that category. The book has already proved it's worth and saved time and needless head scratching.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on JSTL and taglibs! 13 Aug 2003
By Danilo Gurovich - Published on Amazon.com
I'm actually awestruck and definitely pleased that Shawn is a developer and writes so well! JSTL is a hot topic these days, especially when it comes to Struts and other JSP Frameworks. Shawn presents an excellent description of JSTL and it's abilities, and stresses how easy it's evaluation language is to use.
As a Struts programmer and architect, This book allowed me to see how many of the Struts-tags overlap with the JSTL, and I believe Shawn's work gave me the inspiration and critical knowledge I need to implement JSTL in my future projects. He treats JSTL tags as what they are -- more tools in my toolbox, not a reason to dump what I already know.
A note to developers - Be careful with JSTL if you have concerns about MVC architecture, because JSTL crosses the line in a couple of places (sql and xml tags). Shawn addresses this quite well in his book.
If you're reading this review, you're probably familiar with, or already programming Struts. This book will most definitely help you stay ahead of the curve and I highly recommend it!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good JSTL book! 3 Nov 2003
By Thomas Duff - Published on Amazon.com
One way to develop dynamic page content on a web application is to use JavaServer Pages technology. This allows you to embed bits of Java code, or scriptlets, within the HTML page. The web server interprets the scriptlet when the page is called and produces the content that is coded. This is all good, but there are common tasks (such as looping) that each developer had to reinvent from scratch each time it was used in a page. To prevent this repetitive coding, a common set of JSP tags were created to allow developers to concentrate on business logic instead of coding structures. This creation is known as the JSP Standard Tag Library (JSTL). That's what this book is all about...
The book starts with an examination of how JSP and XML tags come together to form the basis of JSTL. This is followed by a number of chapters that cover the different tags that are used to control branching, flow, text formatting, and other various structures. After the basics of JSTL, the author looks at a number of common tasks encountered by JSP developers and how they would be coded using JSTL. Finally, the book wraps up with reference data needed on a regular basis as you use JSTL, such as the API.
The writing is clear and concise, with an abundance of diagrams and code to illustrate the points. The mix of reference, tutorial, and practical examples is perfect, and every developer will be able to use this book in a number of situations.
Websphere developers (both web application and portlet development) will get the most out of this book when it comes to the IBM/Lotus world. The use of JSTL will reduce the code complexity of your JSP pages and speed up your development efforts.
If you are developing JSP pages and haven't looked into the use of the JSTL area, get this book. It will save you time and effort in your coding, and you'll be glad you did.
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