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Servlets and JavaServer Pages™ is the first complete guide to building dynamic Java-based Web applications using the new JavaServer Pages 2.0 and Servlets 2.4. Servlets and JavaServer Pages (JSP) provide a robust solution to developing large, complex Web applications, including multiserver projects. In addition to built-in security, portability, and a Web server, they offer developers the freedom to work with any operating system that supports Java—be it Linux, Windows, OSX, or Solaris.

This authoritative book begins by explaining how to set up a Servlet and JSP development environment, including a discussion of containers, Java support, and installing and configuring Tomcat. The authors then thoroughly explore servlets and JSP, including significant coverage of custom tag libraries, newly available filters, and popular servlet and JSP design patterns. Readers can then test-drive the knowledge gained by constructing a book-support Web site.

Among the topics covered in-depth are:

  • Exception handling
  • JavaBeans and the new JSP Expression Language (JSP EL)
  • The JavaServer Pages Standard Tag Library (JSTL) and coding custom tag libraries
  • Filters
  • Error handling
  • Session and state management
  • Security
  • Design patterns, including Struts
  • Internationalization
  • Multiclient support
  • Database connectivity

The actual book-support site (www.jspbook.com) features frequently asked questions, working code examples, and references.

With Servlets and JavaServer Pages™ as their guide, readers will learn how to fully harness the power of these flexible Java technologies.


About the Author

A J2EE developer, Jayson Falkner is best known for managing the JSP Insider Web site, www.jspinsider.com. He has participated in the JSR 152 expert group and JSP 2.0 and helps with the Tomcat reference implementation.

A founding member of DevelopMentor UK, Kevin Jones is an active member of the Servlet 2.4, JSP 2.0, and JSTL expert groups. Since 1994, he has developed and delivered Java training on topics such as servlets, JavaServer Pages, and Enterprise JavaBeans. As a speaker at the JavaOne conference, he has discussed servlets, Filters JSP, and tag libraries.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Excellent tutorial on thin client and JSP/Servlets 19 Jan. 2004
By uniq - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Unlike the previous reviewer, I have found this book to be an excellent introduction to and tutorial on the J2EE presentation tier. Although most of my career I have been developing the server side (C++, Java), in tha past I developed rich (using Java Swing) or thin (using Microsoft's Active Server Pages) clients. In other words, major concepts and patterns of client development are not new to me. Nevertheless, I have enjoyed reading this book.
Specifically I like this book for the balanced and professional style in which the authors' present its material: they focus not only on the technological aspects of JSP and Servlets, but dedicate considerable amount of material to instill best practices and design patterns. They dedicated an entire chapter to the design patterns, in addition to explaining the best practices (dos and don'ts) in other chapters throughout the book. This should be especially beneficial to novices: unfortunately too many of them learn *only* technological aspects of programming; working on their own, without the guidance of experienced leads or designers, they crank out absolutely horrible and un-maintainable code that becomes a liability to both their employer and customers. The chapters on security, patterns, multi-client support, and ways to manage the web application state all explain and reinforce designs that produce robust and manageable systems that can evolve.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book with thorough coverage... 7 Feb. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is by far the best book I have ever read about servlets and jsps. I have several books on the subject, and this is the first one that explains the subject matter in a logical, understandable way. The authors do an excellent job of covering all the material needed to understand and use the material in real world development.
The book is organized in a logical and well thought out manner. Each chapter builds on the chapters that precede it, and the last chapter, Building a Complete Web Application, is the best idea I've seen in a long time, integrating information from all the preceding chapters into a project that is practical and usable in the real world with some minor modifications.
The code examples are functional, and the ones that do contain errors, which are not many, are well documented in the errata portion of the book's supporting website, which is a good resource for the book.
Without a doubt the best book on the subject I have.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Best book you can get on Java web development 22 Feb. 2004
By Rich Levinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you are a Java developer (which I am) and want to develop Web Applications and learn Servlets and JSP, you can't go wrong with this book. In fact, in my opinion, this is one of the best Java books on any subject that you can buy. Much has been written on the subjects of servlets and JSP, but it is rare that the key concepts for truly understanding these subjects are put in sufficient context to grasp the big picture of developing full featured web applications. What separates this book from the rest is the well structured way each concept is clearly presented and put into the larger context to explain the relevance of the concept to the larger picture of developing web applications.
In particular, for each concept, the reader is led through a typical developer path of first getting the technology to operate, and then shown how initial quick and dirty development patterns are improved by more sophisticated design patterns. Patterns for error handling, filters, security, internationalization, and especially the user presentation model view controller (MVC) pattern are clearly explained, and their use in web application development is demonstrated.
The issues of where to place functionality: in servlets, filters, tags, JSPs, scriplets, EJB(!), etc. are brought out in such a way that the reader can learn the relevance of each technology that has emerged in the Java web application development universe, which has been characterizedby fast evolving releases of approaches to dealing with the integration of Java and HTML/XML components. It is demonstrated that these technologies have finally converged to a set of tools that can enable the Java developer to have full command of web application development. In summary, I highly recommend this book and believe it is a milestone, in that it shows that Java has now evolved into a truly powerful web application development platform.
a good book to read 21 Jun. 2005
By J. Zhang - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Overall, it is good book to read.

The begining chapters are good for beginners, especially for people to use TomCat.

The later chapters are advanced but not detailed enough for reference. They explain concepts. But they are advanced so not many readers care about it and they may think these pages are waste.

The samples are very good to run without issue when you check logs in this book's website.

One thing I don't like is it uses pages to explain Servlet which is not very popular in the world now.

I have been working on all tiers of web applications. I think the reviewers gave low score to this book are really new comer to the Java world.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Good book 3 Jun. 2004
By Denis Spirin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I rate it 5 stars just because Ken Januski underrated it. Do not believe Januski. I can suppose he simply dous not know what he is talking about. This is far not the "worst book", this book is good and it actual rating must be 4 stars.
The only one lack is that it is not suitable as your first book on the topic. Servlets are explained on only 70 pages, there are not many examples there, so you need some knowledge to read this book.
But anyway, its worth buying.
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