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Java Developer's Guide to Servlets and JSP with CDROM Paperback – October, 2000

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Aimed at the beginning Java programmer, Bill Brogden's Java Developer's Guide to Servlets and JSP provides a digestible tutorial to Web development using Sun's JavaServer Pages (JSPs) and servlets, which are two popular technologies for creating dynamic Web content. This entry-level text gets you started with these APIs, and also gives a wide-ranging perspective on other standards like JDBC and XML.

This book's approachability is a major strength. Sure, there's plenty of useful expertise on display here, but the author doesn't get bogged down in too much detail. After showing off the fundamentals of servlets and JSPs, including basic syntax, this book uses simple and effective examples that show off these APIs at work. Several versions of a chat application are used to show off different strategies for maintaining "state" within JSPs using hidden form variables, cookies, and the JSP session object. (The same code gets enhanced with sockets and RMI later in the book.) This comparative approach is useful for seeing the advantages and differences of each programming strategy.

This title also delves into APIs that are essential for Web developers today. There's an excellent introduction to XML here, plus a chapter on JDBC for database programming. In a standout section on getting JSPs and Perl scripts to work together, the author shows how JSP code can invoke Perl scripts and retrieve their results. The book closes with a comprehensible example on JSP tag libraries, and how to use servlets and applets together, as well as a truly useful listing of all of the relevant servlet and JSP APIs in an appendix. There's even a glossary to help demystify key terms for the beginning JSP developer.

In all, besides providing a capable tutorial to the basics, this title offers good coverage on related Java-base Web development APIs and techniques that'll help make you more productive in the field. Java Developer's Guide to Servlets and JSP is a smart and thoroughly approachable choice for getting started with servlets and JSP development. --Richard Dragan

Topics covered:

  • Introduction to servlets and JavaServer Pages (JSPs)
  • Guide to servlet APIs
  • Servlet engines
  • JSP API primer (comments, scriptlets, directives)
  • XML and JSP tags
  • Using Java beans with JSPs
  • Session tracking with hidden variables
  • Cookies and session objects
  • Generating on-the-fly images with JSPs
  • Using Zip and audio files
  • Debugging techniques for server-side JSP/servlet programmers
  • XML tutorial (basics, the DOM and SAX APIs, sample DTDs)
  • Introduction to Enterprise JavaBeans (EJBs) and other supporting J2EE APIs
  • JDBC database programming
  • Network programming with sockets and RMI
  • Perl, CGI, and legacy program support with JSP/servlets
  • Custom tag libraries
  • Using applets and servlets together
  • Reference guide to servlet and JSP APIs

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    Product Details

    • Paperback: 432 pages
    • Publisher: Sybex Inc (October 2000)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0782128092
    • ISBN-13: 978-0782128093
    • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.5 x 1.2 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,163,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 2001
    Format: Paperback
    I found this book very helpful. It's extremely well written and has superb sample code. It covers the servlet API and JSP. The tips on debugging were very insightful. There's a chapter on java and XML which is well done. Brogden also covers EJBs and shows you how to create your own custom JSP tag library. Overall, a high quality, objective book on building web apps with Java, that is not biased toward a particular tool or server. The Appendix serves as a nice reference to the core classes in the JSP and Servlet API. This is the 2nd java book by Brogden that I highly recommend. The other is Java 2 Exam Prep.
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    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 6, 2000
    Format: Paperback
    I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to read this book. Overall the book succeeded in explaining the main concepts relating to JSP and Servlets. There was also a relatively good discussion of related topics such as XML, JNDI, LDAP and JDBC. The example were OK but could have gone into more depth. Given the number of pages in this book I dont think you can expect to have as much coverage and examples are books with twice as many pages, nor can you expect for it to cover every topic even remotely related to Servlets and JSP. Although I havent read other books my associates also spoke well of CORE JSP and Web Development with Java Servlet Pages
    Working knowledge in XML, HTML and JAVA definitely increased my ability to pick up the topics quite easily. It is quite imperative to work through the examples if you wish to be able to learn and understand the basics before you tackle the more advanced topics.
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    By FAF on September 29, 2001
    Format: Paperback
    I read this book and found this book as an excellent book to learn Servlets and JSP, And to use other technologies in it, specially EJBs, XML & JDBC.
    Author wrote this book in consideration of students mind, it can answer every question of student. Examples are very easy to learn and easily changeable for students. And explanations are just enough to clear concepts of every student. And I hope u will not need any other book or even any teacher. And finally I would say "Just Great", Thanks for writing this book Mr. Bill
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