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Simon Brown , Matt Raible , Dalton Jepp , Sing Li , Dave Johnson , Sam Dalton

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1 Oct 2003 1590592255 978-1590592250 3rd Revised edition
JavaServer Pages (JSP) is one of the two key Java technologies for web development (the other being servlets which are also covered in the book). They are analogous to ASP in the Microsoft world and PHP in the Open Source community. The latest release is version 2.0 (up from 1.2) and is the biggest leap in the JSP specification, soon to be finalized.

In one single text, Professional JSP, Third Edition, provides comprehensive coverage of JavaServer Pages, the enhancements in version 2.0 and the most popular associated technologies, including Servlets, JSTL, and Apache Tomcat 5. It takes you through building complex, complete JSP applications in order to further your understanding and additional chapters and individual case studies will be available as a supplemental download.

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  • Paperback: 605 pages
  • Publisher: APress; 3rd Revised edition edition (1 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590592255
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590592250
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 18 x 3.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,733,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simon Brown - Simon works in London as a Technical Architect and has been using Java since its early beginnings, working in roles ranging from developer and architect to mentor and trainer. In the past few years, Simon has presented at the JavaOne conference, and has authored/co-authored several other books, including Professional JSP Tag Libraries. Simon maintains an active involvement within the Java community as a bartender (moderator) with JavaRanch and his open source JSP custom tag-testing framework called TagUnit.
Sam Dalton - Sam has worked with Java and related Technologies in London, UK for a number of years, and has co-authored two previous Wrox Press titles, Professional Java Servlets 2.3 (ISBN 1-86100-561-X), and Professional SCWCD Certification (ISBN 1-86100-770-1). Sam is an active contributor to TagUnit, an open source custom tag testing framework and is also pursuing other open source interests. He has just embarked on the next stage of his career adventure by joining ThoughtWorks.

Daniel Jepp - Daniel is currently a senior developer at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, based in London. He has been working with the Java platform and related technologies for a number of years now, and has presented several sessions at the JavaOne conference. Dan has recently completed work on Professional SCWCD Certification with co-author Sam Dalton.

Dave Johnson - Dave currently works at HAHT Commerce and is an experienced software developer in the commercial software development, telecommunications, and Geographic Information Systems industries. Dave has been working with Java since before the dawn of Java 1.0. Since then, he has been involved in the development of a number of Java-based commercial products including the HAHTsite Application Server, HAHT eSyndication, Venetica's Jasper document viewer, and Rogue Wave's Object Factory IDE. David is also an active weblogger and the original developer of the open source Roller Weblogger software. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife and three children.

Sing Li - Bitten by the computer bug in 1978, Sing has grown up with the microprocessor revolution. His first PC was a $99 do-it-yourself COSMIC ELF computer with 256 bytes of memory and a 1 bit LED display. For more than two decades, Sing has been a developer, author, consultant, speaker, instructor, and entrepreneur. His wide-ranging experience spans distributed architectures, web application/service systems, computer telephony integration, and embedded systems. Sing has been working with (and writing about) Java, Jini, and JXTA since their very first alpha releases, and is an evangelist of P2P technology and a participant in the JXTA community.

Matt Raible - Matt Raible is a Montana native who grew up in a log cabin without electricity or running water. He would hike to school a mile and a half everyday (skiing in the winter), and would arrive home to a very loving family. "The Cabin" is a beautiful place that will always be near and dear to him. Even without electricity, his father connected them to the Internet using a 300 Baud modem, a Commodore64, and a small generator. CompuServe was the name, slow was the game. Matt became inspired by the Internet in the early 1990s, and has been developing websites and web applications ever since. He graduated from the University of Denver in 1997 with degrees in Russian, International Business, and Finance.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book for All Levels 29 May 2004
By Tripper T McCarthy - Published on
I have been a Java developer for five years now, and have worked with JSP and Servlets for a number of years. As many in the software industry can attest to, you can quickly get tied down working on applications that were initially designed several years ago. This can leave you with little time to explore all the new features that come out with the latest release of the Servlet and JSP specs. Wanting to get a handle on what JSP 2.0 has to offer, I decided to get a book on the subject matter that starts from the ground up. Although a lot of the material would be review for me, I always find it important to read this information over again as it helps to strengthen my overall understanding.
`Pro JSP' is probably one of the best books on JSP that I have read in a long time. To me a good technical book needs to do three things. First it needs to explain how the technology works. Second, it needs to explain how best to use this technology in the real world. And finally, it needs to do the first two things in a clear and understandable manner. The reader shouldn't be left scratching their head trying to figure out what the author was trying to say.
On the first point, `Pro JSP' does a thorough job of explaining the ins and outs of the JSP 2.0 release. The expression language, JSTL, tags, filtering, security, deployment; all of these important topics are covered. There are an amazing three chapters devoted to tags and another two chapters on filtering! The authors do an excellent job of focusing in on some of the more complex aspects of JSP and spending the time to fully explain all the nuances. Based on just the technical content alone, a person will walk away from this book with a solid understanding of the power available to them with JSP 2.0.
But of course `JSP Pro' doesn't just end there. Unlike many books that simply throw a ton of information at you and then leave you to figure out how to use it, this book goes much further. The authors spend a considerable amount of time discussing the best practices to use when including this technology in your applications. From repeatedly hammering home the need to keep scriplets out of JSP pages, to the chapters devoted to web application patterns and performance enhancements, the reader will be left well prepared to use their newly acquired skills on their own projects.
The writing itself is also very well done. The examples are short and to the point, and the writing is clear and understandable. I never found myself struggling to understand what the author was trying to convey, or tripping over complicated code to see the examples in action.
The only caveat I would have would be with the last chapter dealing with using `Struts, Xdoclet, and Other Tools'. The authors recommend that the reader have an understanding of these tools before reading the chapter. They then dive right in to how to best use these tools without a lot of explanation. This may be just a little too much for someone coming to this book as a complete beginner to JSP. This chapter will of course prove invaluable to a more experienced programmer, but the abrupt change of pace from the rest of the book felt a little uneven.
All in all I would definitely recommend this book to JSP programmers of all levels.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book, A lot of information but not a beginner book 2 Mar 2004
By Alexandre Delphino - Published on
When I first bought this book was totally new to JSP and XML. I started reading it and then i realize that it was not a beginners book. It was great because it would force me to study a little bit more. I read a XML and JSP tutorial and it was enough to begin studying JSP with this book.
It has lots of detailed information about client/server persistence graphics and models too.
I bought this book because the history of the author, Simon Brown, and the last edition was five star recomendation on JavaRanch and Amazon reviews.
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