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Mastering Tomcat Development 1st Edition

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&at last I will be saved from drowning! Well-written and easy to understand& -- MCSE Magazine, 20 march 2003

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Learn how to use Tomcat to quickly build more sophisticated Web applications

This comprehensive introduction to developing complex Web applications using Tomcat and related Apache Jakarta technologies examines everything you need to know about Tomcat 4--the popular, award-winning server for implementing and deploying servlets and JavaServer Pages. Tomcat helps developers create dynamic Web content without the problems associated with other methods, like CGI scripts. Author Peter Harrison has written the first book to cover Tomcat from a developer's perspective. He shows you how to use Tomcat by itself as well as with related Apache Jakarta technologies to develop dynamic Web applications, and you'll also learn techniques for improving your programming productivity.

This practical, guide is packed with source code and examples of real-world Web applications. Plus, you'll discover other exciting features of Tomcat, including:
* A code-intensive guide to building Web applications that run on Tomcat
* Details on using other Apache Jakarta technologies-including Struts, Taglibs, Velocity, and CVS-with Tomcat to form a comprehensive Java Web development process
* Complete guidelines for installing, configuring, and administering Tomcat, including coverage of the new Manager application and Web application deployment process

The companion Web site contains:
* All source code from the book
* Working demonstrations
* Links to additional resources

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Product Details

  • Series: Java Open Source Library
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 14, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471237647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471237648
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,655,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Davis on October 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
Finally a great Tomcat book for us programmers! This book does a fantastic job of explaining how to install and configure Tomcat for a variety of OSs and HTTP servers. There were a lot of changes to the Manager Application in Tomcat 4.1, and this book does a great job covering them.
The information about configuring Realms, especially the Memory and JDBC Realms, is excellent. The 20 pages on security configuration, the Security Manager, and secure webapp development are among the best I've seen. The chapters on server.xml and web.xml are insightful, and the short references in the back of the book provide info not found in the docs. Concise, useful, not repetitive.
I'm ecstatic that someone finally took the Mac seriously enough to give it equal time in the examples to!
Most important, this book recognizes that Tomcat is not used in a vacuum. There are way too many examples to list here, but overall the book does a great job of showing you how to work Tomcat into your complete Java web app development process, and how other Apache tools work in union with Tomcat to give you a complete open source solution.
Most the code examples are pretty short (there are a few more complex apps toward the back of the book) but manage to be realistic, practical, and useful. The authors struck a nice balance here. Also excellent exmaples for connection pools, JDBC, and DAOs.
Kudos to the authors! I have faith in computer books again.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Julie Bergeron on October 28, 2002
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I was suprised by the rich, detailed coverage of Tomcat in this book. Even though I use Tomcat every day I now realize there was alot I didn't understand about it. Just learning how to use Tomcat's request dumper valve for debugging was worth the price of the book. I've already saved myself countless hours of work.
This book is well written and is more than the title suggests--it is really a mini course on Java web development using Tomcat and other cutting edge Jakarta tools. The focus is always on vital concepts and practical techniques that you can put to use every day. The authors do a great job of describing how to integrate Struts, Ant, and other tools with Tomcat to basically create a Java web development environment.
The Tomcat 4.1 coverage is also excellent. I haven't found one 4.1 feature that isn't explained in this book (and better than the docs). Great!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mark Petrovic on July 1, 2003
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In the past year I have read a fair amount of Tomcat documentation, as well as the odd book on the topic. Tomcat is not simple - one must commit to understanding it, as it manifests its own view of the world. This book is what one needs to grok what Tomcat is and how it does what it does. It is far and away, hands-down, the best book I have read to date on the subject - no contest. The authors write intelligently, insightfully, to the point, and without the distracting (publishers: are you listening?) spate of vapid jokes that characterize so many works that pass for technical books these days.
I couldn't put this book down, I was so impressed by its quality of writing and relevance to what I wanted to know about Tomcat.
This book can safely and heartily be recommended to a friend.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 22, 2003
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First I bought the SAMS Tomcat Kick Start and was very disappointed on the poor job that they have done. I am happy to say that this book is great for both inexperienced users as well as experienced. There is a whole chapter on server.xml which gives enough information about tags and how to customize them. At the end of the book there are two sections (Appendix A and B)on server.xml and web.xml with tags and their descriptions which are extremely helpful.

A nice thing about this book is that I did not have to read in the order of chapter 1, 2,.... You could just go into any chapter in the book and use it as a reference. (if you are inexperienced, you should read the first a few chapters).

Before getting this book, I had no idea about security realms, and after reading chapter 8 and 18, I am doing container managed, formed based security using self signed certificates. The book also gives valuable tips on programming logic and programming practices. It was worth the money that I spent on this book.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joel Tesler on November 6, 2004
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Rather than calling this book "Mastering Tomcat Development", it should be called "An Overview of Tomcat". The book covers a lot of topics. But it only scratches the survace of everything, without providing enough detail to be useful. I read it through once, and got an overview, but now it just sits on my shelf.
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