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More Servlets and Javaserver Pages (Sun Microsystems Press) [Paperback]

Marty Hall
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26 Dec 2001 0130676144 978-0130676146 1

This book consists of five parts. Part I provides the reader with a review of the basics. Part II covers the major new servlet and JSP capabilities, and Part III covers Web applications. Part IV the author covers tag libraries, and in Part V, he provides in-depth coverage of optimizing servlet and JSP performance.


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  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (26 Dec 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130676144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130676146
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 17.8 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,707,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ideal for any programmer working with server-side Java, Marty Hall's More Servlets and JavaServer Pages provides an up-to-the-minute guide to the latest in essential APIs for creating state-of-the-art Web applications. This smart, patient and thorough tutorial gives you exactly what you need to use Java effectively in the field.

While many books on Java try to cover just about everything, this title's focus on what's hot in server-side Java makes this one a standout. The book begins with a very solid tutorial to servlets and JSPs, including important HTTP fundamentals (such as request headers and processing forms). The author does a good job at summarising APIs and common options, which help make this book useful as a working reference, too. The level of discussion here will work best with those with a little Java experience, but even beginners could do a lot worse than this title as an introduction to Web programming.

A great feature of this text is that the author walks you through the actual details of deploying your Web applications (notoriously tricky, even for experts). Screenshots on installing and using tools (such as the free Apache and Tomcat software packages), plus detailed advice on deployment will make sure your code actually runs. (A standout here is the summary of all configuration options available in today's containers.)

If you are coming to servlets and JSPs from an earlier version, this text excels at covering the latest in custom and standard-tag libraries. Besides explaining new JSP 1.2 tag conventions, later sections also look at an important new development in Sun's evolution of the Java platform, the JSP Standard Tag Library (JSTL). Coverage of tag programming (including several sections on looping) closes out the book. There's also material on important new advances in servlets, such as filters (which allow you to log or change requests) and servlet events (which afford a greater measure of control for your Web applications).

Whether you are a JSP beginner or expert, More Servlets and JavaServer Pages gives you an excellent mix of topics in server-side Java in a well-presented programming tutorial. It's sure to be a worthwhile addition to any working Java Web developer's bookshelf. --Richard Dragan

From the Back Cover

  • Companion to the worldwide bestseller Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages
  • Practical guide to the use of the Java Platform for Web-enabled applications and dynamic Web sites
  • Focus on new capabilities: the servlet 2.3 and JSP 1.2 specifications, the standard JSP tag library (JSPTL), filters, life-cycle event listeners, security, Web applications, and much more
  • Configuration and usage details for Apache Tomcat, Macromedia JRun, and New Atlanta ServletExec

The Java 2 Platform has become the technology of choice for developing professional e-commerce applications, dynamic Web pages, and Web-enabled applications and services. Servlet and JSP technology is the foundation of this platform: it provides the link between Web clients and server-side applications. But, the field has been evolving rapidly, and few developers have been able to keep up. In this companion to Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages, Marty Hall shows you how to apply recent advances in servlet and JSP technology. The book provides everything you need to know to leverage the latest servlet 2.3 and JSP 1.2 standards: real-world insight, advanced techniques, industrial-strength code, and hands on coverage of three top servers: Apache Tomcat, Macromedia JRun, and New Atlanta ServletExec.

  • Part I gives a thorough introduction to programming with servlet and JSP technology. It shows you how to configure your server, read form data and HTTP headers, handle cookies, track sessions, apply JSP scripting elements, use JavaBeans components, develop JSP tag libraries, and apply the MVC architecture.
  • Part II provides exhaustive details on Web application development and deployment. It explains how to register Web applications, how to organize them, how to deploy them in WAR files, how to deal with relative URLs, and how to share data among Web applications. It also gives details on every element in version 2.3 of the deployment descriptor (web.xml).
  • Part III describes Web application security in detail. It explains two general strategies for securing your applications: declarative security and programmatic security. Within each of these strategies, it shows you how to use form-based or BASIC authentication and how to protect your network traffic with SSL.
  • Part IV covers two features introduced with servlets 2.3: filters and life-cycle events. It explains how to use filters to debug, modify, and optimize the output of previously existing servlets and JSP pages. It also shows you how to use event listeners to respond to major events in the server life cycle.
  • Part V looks at new tag library developments. It shows you how to improve your own tag libraries by making use of new capabilities of the JSP 1.2 specification and explains how to streamline your code by using the new standard JSP tag library (JSPTL).

More Servlets and JavaServer Pages delivers:

  • The same clear, step-by-step explanations that make Marty's books so popular
  • In-depth, hands-on coverage of the latest standards: servlets 2.3 and JSP 1.2
  • Hundreds of completely portable, fully documented, industrial-strength examples
  • On-line access to all source code, available free for unrestricted use


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I have to say I'm unfortunately disappointed with this book. I was looking forward to building on what I'd learned from Core Servlets and JSP which was good, but unfortunately the same effort has not been poured into this volume. The first third of More Servlets is a condensed form of Core Servlets. What a waste! The remainder of the book has managed to misguide me to the point of frustration - each section telling you not quite enough about how to do what it is you're trying, as the necessary information is hidden in snippets of other chapters.
I gave this book a 2, as without it there are a few things I wouldn't know. But unfortunately, compared to other Sun manuals, this is of very poor standard.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book but not enough meat 3 Sep 2002
By "dean_arthur341" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Good book, easy reading, but not enough meat because examples are too simple. This is especially true if you are a developer hoping to get tips and tricks to solve real problems. No JDBC coverage is the biggest minus point. Cannot imagine any serious Web applications employing no database at all. But, overall, 4 out of 5 stars.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Servlet & JSP Book 26 April 2002
By Victor L. Peters - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've read about a dozen servlet & JSP books, and I think this is the best one for readers with some prior experience in servlets & JSP. It is also an excellent book for people who are new to servlets & JSP, but I'll clarify that at the end of my review. The book is definitely worth 5 starts. The first star is for Marty Hall's clear and direct writing style. The second star is for being one of the few books that is currently up to date with the newest servlet & JSP specifications. The third star is for having very practical and useful content such as solid coverage of web application deployment. The fourth star is for being the first book that I've read that has detailed coverage of how to use SSL with servlets. The fifth star is for having source code, sample chapters, and a slew of prequel chapters freely available online.
If you read and enjoyed Mr. Hall's "Core Servlets & JSP", this book is well worth buying also. Be aware, the first 240 pages is an introduction which is essentially a reduced and updated form of the "Core" book. But the other 450 pages is all new and extremely good content. Even without the first 240 pages, the other 450 pages is worth the purchase price alone.
If you are brand new to Servlet & JSPs you may want to first buy "Core Servlets & JSPs" for a slower introduction to these topics. But, make sure you come back and buy this book because you will definitely want some of the updated and advanced topics such as "web applications." Alternatively, you can go ahead and buy this book and read some of the prequel chapters that Mr. Hall has online.
I haven't been fortunate enough to attend one myself, but I've also heard wonderful things about the onsite and public training servlet & JSP training classes that Mr. Hall offers.
In short, it's a great book. Enjoy!
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well Written but Lacks Databases 9 Aug 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is well organized and well written but lacks some useful important stuff. For example, there is no discussion of JDBC and how to work with databases. Well, the author made a reference to a chapter in his previous book Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages, but it means you have to buy 2 books. The thing is Core Servlets and JSP discussed obsolete technologies (Servlet 2.2, instead of 2.3).
I think rather than buying 2 books, you'd be better off looking somewhere else.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars There is no "More" in More Servlet 3 Oct 2002
By S Tharoor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Happy with the author's Core Servlets book, I bought this book hoping that I could learn more. However, I was disappointed and felt ripped-off. 50% of the content is the same as the first book. To be fair to the author, there is some new material, such as JSTL. However, having 2 books with almost identical content is really a waste. I think the cover should warn potential buyers of the similarity with the Core book. Sorry Marty, last time I gave you five stars, now I think I am generous enough to give you 1 star.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book about latest Servlet and JSP specifications 29 April 2002
By visualbuilder.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is for those readers that understand Java and are familiar with Servlets and JSP.
It is a sequel to the very successful Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages by Marty Hall. Its main focus is to explain the Servlet specification 2.3 and JSP 1.2. This includes coverage of Filters, portable web security and new tag library capabilities.
The first chapter describes how to setup the popular Servlet/JSP engines. The next two chapters cover an introduction to Servlets and JSP.
Chapters 4 and 5 explain how to deploy and web.xml. This also includes your first main taste of filters in this book.
Later chapters explain web application security (configuration and programming based), filters (examples include logging), application events framework (such as listening to changes made to session attributes) and loads about the new JSP 1.2 tag library improvements.
This book is totally focused on Servlets and JSP, so don't expect anything on EJB, UML or J2EE design patterns. What we really like about this book is that it is packed full of useful source code snippets and handy configuration settings. Even if you don't use one of the servlet/JSP engines mentioned you will find many useful topics. Another good book about Servlets and JSP, which should be on your bookshelf.
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