Web Development with Java: Using Hibernate, JSPs and Servlets Paperback – 22 Feb 2009
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From the reviews:
"Downey summarizes ... clearly and succinctly, the focus of the book: Java servlets that use JavaServer Pages (JSP) and connect to a MySQL database using the Hibernate framework. The book covers precisely what the title says. ... At the end of the book, there is a one-page glossary of terms; a one-page list of additional resources, books, and Web sites; and a detailed eight-page index ... . In conclusion, I strongly recommend this book to readers who are interested in developing component-based systems ... ." (M. M. Tanik, Computing Reviews, December, 2008)
From the Back Cover
Web development is simpler than it seems, especially with the software tools freely available on the Web. This book breaks from the tradition of teaching a history of Web development and jumps to the good stuff from the outset so that students can start writing real applications.
This comprehensive textbook introduces readers to the three-tiered, Model-View-Controller architecture by using Hibernate, JSPs, and Java Servlets. These three technologies all use Java, so that a student with a background in programming will be able to master them with ease, with the end result of being able to create web applications that use MVC, validate user input and save data to a database.
Features and topics:
• Presents the many topics of web development in small steps, in an accessible, easy-to-follow style; focusing on the most important information first, and allowing the reader to gain basic understanding before moving forwards
• Uses existing powerful technologies that are freely available on the web to speed up web development, such as JSP, JavaBeans, Annotations, JSTL, Java 1.5, Hibernate and Tomcat
• Starts with the simplest technology for web development (JSP) and gradually introduces the reader to more complex topics
• Core technologies are introduced from the outset, such as the Model-View-Controller architecture
• Includes many helpful pedagogical tools for students and lecturers such as, an introduction to each topic, questions and exercises at the end of each chapter, detailed illustrations and chapter summaries
• By using Hibernate as the database tool in this book, there is no need for the reader to know SQL
Written for novice developers with a solid background in programming, but who do not have any database training, this thorough, easy-to-use book provides an exemplary introductory course in web development for undergraduates, as well as web developers. With its straightforward and systematic style this text is also ideal for self-study.
Tim Downey has over ten years experience teaching web development, and has won Outstanding Teaching Awards in 1997, 2002, 2006 and 2007. He maintains the following active website which contains many complete examples and tutorials: http://www.bytesizebook.com/
Top customer reviews
Ultimately I planned to end up using framework solutions ideally Spring MVC, but was keen to get a grounding in the basic workings of jsps \ Servlets first. To this end I purchased this book which seemed to tick all the boxes.
Basically it does exactly what it says on the tin. Leading the reader gently into web terminology \ flow in the first chapter and continuing on to build an MVC app which is gradually enhanced chapter by chapter with features such as session \ Request Attributes and data persistence through hibernate.
There is are also chapters dedicated to CSS and Hibernate which are great as a mini intro, but extra reading would likely be required outside the confines of the book applications.
The only downside I found was when building up the examples while working through the chapters the code was widely dispersed with some being in the Appendix and some at the readers point in the chapter with potentially more at the end of the chapter. In the authors defense the code is available on the very neat user friendly accompanying website (along with working examples) so you can just download from there if needed, along with all required jars.
You will also need to know how to download and install MySQL but nowadays this is pretty easily done.
My opinion is that this book will definitely get you started down the jsp route and does that job very well. I was definitely not disappointed and learnt a lot from it, certainly a great springboard into the web development with jsps.
As companion books I would recommend Hibernate Made Easy: Simplified Data Persistence with Hibernate and JPA (Java Persistence API) Annotationsand Head First Servlets and JSP: Passing the Sun Certified Web Component Developer Exam (although the latter is a much larger indepth offering).
Overall average read.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
The only issue I had with the book was I did not think the Hibernate chapters were as clear as they could be. For that I would recommend Cameron McKenzie's book "Hibernate Made Easy" which does a better job of walking you though the setup and use of Hibernate.
Those with prior web development experience are more likely to be interested in learning about a particular architecture. Few web applications are being developed with JSPs and servlets these days; instead, most use something like Spring MVC, Struts, Wicket, or the Groovy-driven Grails (my personal choice), all of which have fine books dedicated to them. Typically, these web frameworks act as a layer on top of the servlet layer, greatly simplifying the architecture. Learning to use servlets first might help to better understand the more high-level APIs, but it's probably unnecessary. If you want to jump right into creating professional-grade web applications for the Java platform, I'd suggest The Definitive Guide to Grails.
If you are looking for a book that started with a basic web app and allowed you to add code building on the code that came before progressing to a more advance web app, I don't think this is the book of for you. I did get some useful information from this book but I was hoping for more.
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