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Tomcat Kick Start 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 075-2063324394
ISBN-10: 0672324393
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From the Back Cover

Apache Jakarta Tomcat is a Java application server, the open-source equivalent to BEA's WebLogic Server. It's also the official reference implementation for Sun's JSP and Servlet technologies. As the official implementation, millions of Java developers learning JSP need instruction and practical advice about Tomcat. However, there are currently few books and limited online resources to explain the nuances of JSP development using Tomcat.

Tomcat covers Tomcat 4.0.3 and 4.1, the latest versions developed for the current JSP and Servlet specifications. The book starts with the essentials of JSP and Servlets, then explains how to install and administer the Tomcat server. Further chapters discuss how Tomcat enhances application development with tag libraries, error logging, filters and valves, and more. It includes the use of the popular Apache Struts framework and Apache Axis XML processor. Later chapters explain advanced concepts such as Tomcat security and integrating Tomcat into larger J2EE applications.

From our reviewers: "This book is immediately applicable, it doesn't waste time. It's hard to digest the many topics that are rolled into Tomcat. But the authors provide a concise treatment that doesn't get bogged down in details. The chapters are like Lego blocks on each topic that developers can use to build applications. The book is a good balance of theory and practice that will quickly get you up to speed."

-Robert Herrmann, Committer, Tomcat Project

About the Author

The authors of this book work for Content Master Ltd., a technical authoring company in the United Kingdom specializing in the production of training and educational materials. For more information on Content Master, see its Web site at http://www.contentmaster.com. Previously, the authors contributed to Sams Teach Yourself J2EE in 21 Days (Sams, 2002).

Martin Bond, B.Sc., M.Sc., C.Eng., M.B.C.S., was born in Blackburn, England, in 1958, has honours and master's degrees in computer science, is a European Chartered Engineer, and has been working as a senior technologist for Content Master Ltd. for more than a year. After leaving university, Martin led an R&D team developing parallel processing compilers for the occam language, later moving into open systems software design and development working with Unix, C, C++, Oracle, and Windows NT. Since 1995, he has worked primarily as a trainer, course writer, and technical author specialising in Unix, C, C++, Java, and software design. He has written training courses on Unix, XML, Java, and Solaris Security and coauthored a book on J2EE. Martin currently lives on a smallholding in Cornwall, England.

Debbie Law, B.Sc., was born in Romsey, England, in 1959. Debbie started her career working on compiler development for parallel processing systems and later worked on the design and development of client/server applications. Debbie, also a senior technologist for Content Master Ltd., writes books, training material, and technical papers to pay the bills and maintains part of the Web site of a major UK charity for fun. She has an honours degree in computer science from Southampton University, England and currently lives on a smallholding in Cornwall, England.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 552 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 1 edition (November 21, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672324393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672324390
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,752,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "ppine1" on April 21, 2003
Format: Paperback
If you ever worked in software engineering you will really regret buying this book. It looked to me like this book was oriented to the "Ididot's Guide To ... " readers who want to be 'Enterprise Developers' in 24 hours. Take for example their explanation of how JSPs are deployed in the Tomcat server:
"1. Create a new Web application directory in Tomcat's webapps directory; call it basic-jsp.
2. Create a subdirectory called WEB-INF in the basic-jsp directory.
3. Copy Listing 5.1 into a file called date.jsp ...
4. stop and restart Tomcat ..."
That's it! See, to deploy any JSP in Tomcat you just have to copy Listin5.1 into date.jsp file and put it into the basic-jsp directory!
Basically, this book tries to demonstrate how to develop enterprise applications on pretty weak examples, and this does not help you learn how to do these tasks in a generic manner.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. Herrmann on August 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
I think this is a very good book.
Some who wrote in were expecting A and got B. A lot of books on the computer field are long on theory and short on practice. Tomcat Kick Start is more of the reverse, shorter on theory and longer in practice. This can frustrate someone who is expecting a lot more theory.
One of the commenter's says, "Basically, this book tries to demonstrate how to develop enterprise applications on pretty weak examples, and this does not help you learn how to do these tasks in a generic manner." I disagree with this comment, many people do learn by example. Lots of people don't like to wait and read and read and read, then try something... I think the Tomcat Kickstart appeals to the impatient. And the simplicity of the examples encourages users to try things. I think this is a great way to get going quickly.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book provides a lot of overly simplistic examples, and does not provide any explanations of how to get anything done. For example: instead of describing in detail what is involved in setting up a server, this book provides instructions without explanations for setting up a specific example - leaving the reader wondering how to adapt these instructions to different situations (beyond your basic 'hello world' example).
The book is too high level to be useful for a developer or admin. I tried using it to get up and running with a new project, but honestly got absolutely nothing useful out it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M Ellanti on July 30, 2004
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This is a decent book - I have to congratulate the authors and editors in trying to keep each topic cohesive and self-contained. However, a chapter or two on integrating with J2EE App Servers like JBOSS might have been useful.

As a book author myself it is a challenge to pick examples that can be listed on a page or two supporting the topic of the chapter. So given this the choice of currency conversion example is probably o.k though for some it might look simple. Important thing is not the examples but the JSP/webapp constructs and facilities available that are being illustrated through the example. If you read CSS by Owen Briggs - he has an interesting approach to keep the reader attention on the concepts and not on the examples - the text he uses for displaying using different style sheets - "Lorem impsum dolor sit amet. ..."
So some reviewers concerns about better examples may be uncalled for.

This is a good book for someone who is familiar with Java and want to come upto speed with JSP/Servlets/Struts and those familiar with JDBC but wanting to migrate to using connection pooling available with commons-dbcp. I would expect such person to find things on their own after reading this book. Many time being impatient I used Google only to find tons of search results and wasted time reading crowded blogs/bbs when what I was looking for was right in the book - the best way to use this book - don't sit before the computer - finish readng a chapter and then try the examples in the chapter - it works straight.
I would have preferred if the authors included ant build files with each chapter and also some explanation on how to integrate tomcat with JBOSS.
Being written in 2002 it is still valid with Tomcat 5.0 - but an updated version would be timely and can also provide some information on other webcontainers. They could have picked a different cover image = it looks like a mechanical or aerospace engineering book .
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