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Beginning JSP 2: From Novice to Professional Paperback – February, 2004
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About the Author
Peter den Haan is a senior systems engineer at Objectivity Ltd., a UK-based systems integration company. He began to program at the age of 13 on a Radio Shack TRS-80 model I with 16KB of memory, and he has since progressed to J2EE systems architect and lead developer for Internet and intranet projects for clients ranging from the UK Football Association Premier League to Shell Finance. Peter is a Sun Certified Java 2 Developer, former JavaRanch bartender, and self-confessed geek. He holds a doctorate in theoretical physics and plays bass in his local worship band.
Vikram Goyal is a software professional with over 8 years of experience, working in Brisbane, Australia. Vikram enjoys writing about the current trends in Java technology, especially, open source ones. He enjoys team leading, and architecting complex systems.
Lance Lavandowska has been working with JavaServer Pages since 1998. He has contributed to several Apache Jakarta projects, the Castor project, and the Roller weblogger project. Lance has also served as a technical reviewer on several JSP books and is a coauthor of Professional JSP Site Design.
Sathya Narayana Panduranga is a software design engineer living in the software capital of India, Bangalore. He has expertise in Microsoft and Java technologies, and has worked in the domains of the Internet, telecom, and convergence. His favorite areas of interest are distributed and component-based application architectures, and object-oriented analysis and design. Contributing to a range of technical articles and books is a hobby that gives him the immense satisfaction of being able to share his knowledge.
Krishnaraj Perrumal is founder and director of Adarsh Softech. He has successfully developed and managed a number of software projects and e-projects, and his programming experience spans 15 years. He regularly gives presentations on Java technology, XML, information systems security, and audit. He is a Sun Certified Java Programmer, a Certified Novell Netware Engineer, and a Certified Information Systems Auditor. Currently, he spends most of his time providing consultancy and solutions for computer security, in addition to web development. IT constitutes both his profession and his hobby.
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The first Chapter went well, how to install Tomcat, and the second wasn't too bad (a review of HTML) but by the third chapter I started to notice a lack of clarity. It wasn't always clear which text I should be typing in and which were simply given as an aside - which for a step-by-step guide is frustrating. The fourth chapter was far worse. This started of by saying that we would be using mySQL, but failed to give any indication of where to get the software from, how to install it or how to start the server (you need to start the server to follow the examples). And then a number of the example instructions, that were given in this chapter, did not work without modification. I was able to work round these problems and make progress. But as this wasn't a core chapter (I read this book to learn how to use JSPs not mySQL) I had expected to go through it quickly.
Overall the content was very useful and I learnt a lot, but the book would benefit from being edited (again?) and a second edition.
I did like this book. It gave me an easyly accessible introduction to all this business around using Tomcat. The author took quite some trouble to explain every related technology (HTML, CSS, SQL, OO, Java ...) in some detail. Sometimes you want to read through it to get reminded, sometimes you want to skim over it and sometimes even to skip it. But it is good that it is there. I do not know if you can actually grasp those related technologies, if you never saw them before. For me the rehash was helpful on all the cases I needed them.
The core topics of the book: JSP itself with its expression language und standard tag libraries were very well explained and easy to grasp also for a first timer like me. I now do have a good feeling for its core topics and their whereabouts. I only got lost (a little) in the last chapter about Struts. There is seemingly so much overlap to other technologies (EL, JSTL, home grown Beans) that I did not succeed to get a clear picture of when to use what.
The 2nd chapter reviews HTML. Well, it is rather confusing than helpful. Then in Chapter 4 the author talks about database and tries to explain Normalization. I'd rather the author skips on this topic because he/she seems just lack of ability to explain things in the clear way.
I bought this book to learn JSP, not to compose an errata for the author. I believe most readers don't like to do that either. If you would like avoid unnecessary headache, look else where.
In about 360 pages, through 10 chapters, this book covers the technologies listed above, describing what they are, what they do, why folks are using them, how to use them, and how they relate and work with other technologies. Following these action packed chapters, the appendixes serve as great quick references on JSP syntax, implicit JSP objects, and various XML configuration files.
To nitpick a bit: The book could benefit from some more aggressive editing, in parts, where sentence and paragraph wording is occasionally a little clumsy, and a few good-to-understand details were left out.
The description on the back cover of the book says, "All you need... is a basic understanding of HTML and Java." I suggest this be corrected as follows: "All you need to know in order to follow and understand the lessons in 'Beginning JSP 2' is enough HTML to create a 'Hello World!' web page, and enough Java to create a 'Hello World!' application." On second thought, even if you can't do those things, yet, after reading this book, you'll be able to do a whole lot more.
Waste of time and Money! Keep away from these authors who failed to display professionalism!