Dynamic Web Application Development Using XML and Java Paperback – 1 Apr 2008
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Parson's running "Insurance Company" example starts out simply enough, but by the time he introduces JSPs and Model 2 MVC architecture, the example has become sufficiently complex to require many .JSP and .java files. Once he shows how to back up the server with a database and use XML on the server, all of the pieces fit together so that no only are the details of web programming at your fingertips, a very appealing high level view of the landscape of web programming is also in front of you.
There is no end to the books and Web resources that address everything from this book in much greater detail. So why this book? First, because it integrates all the topics that it covers, rather than presenting them in great depth but in isolation, and second, because it gives a broad view of the topic at the same time that it pays attention to the important details. As an instructor, I sometimes want my students to see some topics in more detail (for example, XML Schema, or XSLT), but with this book as the foundation, I find it easy to fill in details by sending my students to Web resources.
Readers may not like the fact that Parsons does not use or even discuss any particular Java IDE. Instead, he takes a more bare-bones approach, discussing various Java Enterprise servers, how to do XML configuration for them, and also how to use Ant scripts for compilation, building, and deployment. Since my students are already familiar with the NetBeans IDE, we have taken the IDE approach, and have had no problems creating Java Web projects from the source code on the CD-ROM that accompanies the book. I would also point out that this code does not have the bugs and quirks that often plague accompanying source code.
Kudos to and thanks to Professor Parsons, and I await anything else he can publish along these lines.
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