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Java Servlets (Enterprise Computing) [Paperback]

Karl Moss
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1 July 1999 0071351884 978-0071351881 2nd Revised edition
This pack features complete coverage of everything from Java Web Server and JDBC to automated servlet programming, as well as session management, and an update of the Servlet API reference. The CD ROM contains tools, shareware, and utilities along with ready-to-run servlets applications.

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  • Paperback: 514 pages
  • Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071351884
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071351881
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 18.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,201,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book on Servlets and on HTTP 23 Aug 1998
By A Customer
This is a great book to learn everything about servlets and more. In addition to its more than adequate coverage of servlets, it also discusses esoteric areas like HTTP tunneling and Connection Pool management in depth. These are areas which though not written by run of the mill programmers are essential in understanding Distributed Java computing. It even gives the code for a Three Tier JDBC driver.
In a nutshell, any Java programmer who is interested in Servlets, JDBC or Distributed Java Computing should own this book.
It is a pity such a great book has to languish in a series (Java Masters from McGraw Hill) amongst third rate books written by authors who seem to be interested only in making a quick buck and not edifying the reader.
Personally, I would have overlooked this book, but I noticed it only because the author is known for writing the JDBC-ODBC bridge and also for co-authoring a book on JDBC.
Buy it!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but can be improved 13 Sep 1998
By A Customer
This book is excellent for people who are beginners in server-side programming. For example, the author spends some time in explaining HTML form submission, and CGI POST and GET methods. These are all very elementary and really only necessary for beginners who have not even written a single CGI program in perl or C. Fortunately, the author does not waste time on quickly introducing JDBC in one chapter, to the point where he actually shows us how to do database connection pooling. A few publicly available articles on servlets miss out this important issue for thread-safe processing of a servlet (where a single servlet can actually handle multiple services at the same time due to the multiple threading nature of servlets). However, one issue that the author does not spend enough time on is maintaining session information. This is very important for writing, for example, a shopping cart servlet for E-commerce.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Examples actually work 27 Jan 1999
By A Customer
I tried this book after getting thoroughly frustrated with the O'Reilly Servlet book, that seems to be getting unwarrented good reviews. I read both books, and as a Java newbie I was only able to learn somthing from the Java Masters book. The experienced Java Programmers around me found the O'Reilly book to be insightful, however they only read it they didnt try it, I tried this book and refused to move on until I could get it to work, I didnt not until I read this book and applied the code fixes from this book and everything worked as predicted.
However I had one problem with this book, it guides you through the early chapters pointing out everything you need to know, however as you move into more complicated applications, explanations became short and less cohesive.
Overall I thought the book was very good especially for beginners.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Execllent intro to using JDBC from servlets. 22 Aug 1998
By A Customer
This book was excellent as well as well-edited (very few typos compared to other computer books). I found the JDBC sections to be very useful, especially as they relate to the web. That is a highly relevant area to be covering in servlets. The code examples are also very useful. There is a lot of coverage of JDBC in the book. It is definitely the best book on servlets that I have seen out there. My only criticism of the book is that, while it covers lots of JDBC, it barely covers session management, cookies, and some of the other issues that servlet authors need to be aware of in using the web as a communication medium. The only improvement to the book could be that it could cover less JDBC and more web-specific information. All in all this was a really good book though and the information inside of it is presented very well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars OK OK 21 April 1999
By A Customer
I am a Microsoft Certified VB programmer, trained in C as my first language, who is trying to crossover to Java. The whole notion of servlets and what they can do for you as compared to MTS solutions, is incredible. So for me, this book was an excellent first book. I found the explanations to be clear, though not everything I tried "worked" as it was supposed to. Might have been user error; I don't know. I found it very difficult to get the examples to run by importing into JBuilder2, which is my IDE. Required a good deal of tweaking. But once I did, the examples really helped. As everyone but me probably knows before buying this book, there are equally good examples available with the free JDK, and with JavaWebserver free demo. Whatever, I found the book very useful.
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This book not only gives you a great introduction to programming servlets (including hosting and configuration, chaining, etc.) but also delves into related topics such as HTTP tunneling and using introspection to simplify servlet programming. I especially liked the amount of JDBC/RMI information included in the book since many servlets written will want to interface to other Java servers or databases. Having written an article on servlets for BYTE, I was pleased to find this much information packed in the book. My only disappointment is that the author didn't include more on managing state with servlets (e.g. through cookies) and about the future of servlets (covering developments such as Servlet Beans, and the impact, if any, of EJB on the servlet standard). All in all, a great servlet book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for a begginer but not enough depth for anyone else
I liked this book myself as I found it very easy to read and understand. This gives you the basics in how to construct java servlets. Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars This book was far too shallow.
The author obviously knows what he is talking about. However, he is quite inept at explaining to his reader what he is doing. In fact, he rarely tries. Read more
Published on 18 Jun 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars A waste of money...
There simply isnt enough meat in this book. If you are looking for a quick overview then this will probably help. Read more
Published on 13 May 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars 100 Times Better Than Jason Hunter's book...
This is a great book on Servlets. I don't understand why there are so many bad reviews on this book. It teaches you the basics and goes beyond the API docs. Read more
Published on 27 April 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars Just not enough information.
Nice pictures but if only they gave more in depth explanations to go with it. This book is for managers or people just interested in java servlets than actually writing code. Read more
Published on 23 April 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK SUCKS!!!
Begining Servlets 101, JRUN, SUN's JVM, some JDBC, too. But where are the real servlets issues such as session tracking, cookie, security, digital certificates etc...etc.. Read more
Published on 23 Jan 1999
2.0 out of 5 stars This book is completely useless
There's nothing in-depth here, no good code examples, it's crap, and it's expensixe. I don't know what I was thinking when I bought it, I should be shot! I WANT MY MONEY BACK!
Published on 8 Jan 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars First half of book worth money alone!
First five or so chapters are invaluable for the first time servlet developer, after that the book seems to go down hill IMHO. Read more
Published on 5 Jan 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars Servlets Lite
Looked good, but the second that I had to do something that wasn't apparent from the JavaDocs, this book left me without a guide. Read more
Published on 28 Dec 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book For understanding step by step Servlets Prog.
It is clearly explained what are different types of formats in which data can be submitted over Internet and also it clearly explains step by step how to setup the JRun Server for... Read more
Published on 19 Nov 1998
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