- Series: Java Series
- Paperback: 782 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 2 edition (April 13, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596000405
- ISBN-13: 978-0596000400
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 158 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #940,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Aimed at Web developers with some previous Java experience, Java Servlet Programming, Second Edition, offers a solid introduction to the world of Java development with Servlets and related technologies. Thoroughly revised and newly updated with over a half-dozen new chapters, this title brings an already useful text up to speed with some leading-edge material. It excels particularly in explaining how to program dynamic Web content using Java Servlets, with a fine introduction to all the APIs, programming techniques, and tips you will need to be successful with this standard.
Besides a useful guide to APIs, the book looks at a variety of techniques for saving session state, as well as showing how Servlets can work together to power Web sites. You will learn performance tips and ways to get Servlets to work together (like forwarding and redirection), plus the basics of database programming with JDBC, to build content with "live" data. A later chapter examines what's next for Servlets with the emerging Servlet 2.3 API standard. Importantly, the authors go over deploying and configuring Web applications by editing XML files, a must-have for successfully running Servlets in real applications.
Since the first edition of this title, the choices for Java Web developers have grown much richer. Many of the new chapters in this edition look at options beyond Servlets. Short sections on application frameworks such as Tea, WebMacro, the Element Construction Set (ECS), XMLC, and JavaServer Pages (JSP) let you explore what's out there for Java developers today with a survey of some current tools that can speed up creating new Web applications.
The text closes with reference sections on Servlet APIs (and other material) that will be useful for any working developer. Although Servlets are not the only game in town, they are still important tools for successful Web development. This updated edition shows you just how to do it with plenty of basic and advanced tips for taking full advantage of this powerful Java standard. --Richard Dragan
- Overview and history of Java Servlets
- Fundamentals of HTTP
- Web applications (including deployment and configuration using XML files)
- The Servlet lifecycle (initializing, processing requests, cleanup, and caching)
- Multimedia content (images and compressed content)
- WAP and WML for wireless content
- Servlet session tracking techniques (hidden form fields, cookies, and URL rewriting)
- Security issues with Servlets (including certificates and SSL)
- Tutorial for JDBC and Java database programming
- Using applets and Servlets together
- Servlet collaboration
- Quick introduction to Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE)
- Internationalization issues
- Survey of third-party Servlet application frameworks and tools: Tea, WebMacro, the Element Contruction Set (ECS), XMLC, and JavaServer Pages (JSP)
- Miscellaneous tips for Servlets (including sending e-mail and using regular expressions)
- Description of the new Servlet 2.3 API spec
- Servlet API quick reference
About the Author
Jason Hunter is Senior Technologist with CollabNet, a company that provides tools and services for open source style collaboration. In addition to authoring Java Servlet Programming, he is publisher of Servlets.com, creator of the com.oreilly.servlet library, a contributor to the Apache Jakarta project that creates Tomcat (starting on the project when it was still Sun internal), a member of the expert groups responsible for Servlet/JSP and JAXP API development, and he holds a seat on the JCP Executive Committee overseeing the Java platform, as a representative of the Apache Software Foundation. He also writes columns for JavaWorld, and speaks at many programming and open source conferences. Most recently he co-created the open source JDOM library to enable optimized Java and XML integration, and he leads the expert group responsible for JDOM development. Jason graduated summa cum laude from Willamette University (Salem, Oregon) in 1995 with a degree in computer science. He began programming in Java in the summer of 1995 and has been involved with servlets and related server-side technologies since December 1996. If by some miracle you don't find him at work, he's probably out hiking in the mountains.
William Crawford has been developing web-based enterprise applications since 1995, including one of the first web-based electronic medical record systems (at Children's Hospital in Boston) and some of the first enterprise-level uses of Java. He has consulted for a variety of institutional clients, including Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical Center, numerous startups and several Fortune 500 companies. Prior to an acquisition he was CTO of Invantage, Incorporated in Cambridge, MA. He received a degree in history and economics from Yale University. He is the co-author of Java Servlet Programming, 2nd Edition, Java Enterprise in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition, and two forthcoming O'Reilly titles. Will is currently Principal Software Architect at Perceptive Informatics, Inc.Massachusetts, provider of software and services to the pharmaceutical industry. He can be reached at http://www.williamcrawford.info
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Luckily, the second edition does not tinker with the tried and true formula of the first: brief overview, hello world servlet, a thorough overview of the HTTP protocol itself and the architecture of servlets, a discussion of thread and resource issues, and a standalone chapter on session management. Despite the 700+ pages of this book (are authors paid by the pound these days?), this core introduction remains only 200 pages and change. Each topic is presented with definitions and clear, yet realistic code examples. The authors not only provide advice on how to use servlets effectively, but also provide numerous suggestions on how to avoid common pitfalls and misconceptions.
The remaining 500 pages cover topics such as security, internationalization, database connectivity and communicating with applets. Although these are not really servlet-specific issues, they are almost always present in some combination on web sites, and the authors indicate the peculiar way in which the standard Java approaches to these problems interact with the servlet architecture. Each is presented in its own clear chapter with several examples. The beauty of these chapters is that like good code, they're modular and can be read in any order.
In what I think is a sensible organization, Java Server Pages (JSPs) and "application frameworks" are left for last. Both are well defined and illustrated. There's also 50 pages of reference, but frankly, I prefer the javadoc.
In particular, he illuminates the dark recesses of XML deployment descriptors, Tomcat 3.2, J2EE, the Tea and WebMacro frameworks WAP, XMLC and the changes from JSDK 1.0 to 2.2. Every topic is accompanied by working code snippets and often the code builds on itself so the would-be servlet programmer can participate in the development of complex applications from simple beginnings. I say "nearly up-to-date" because Tomcat 4.0 beta, incorporating JSDK 2.3 has been released, but to Jason's credit, he devotes an entire chapter on 2.3! This is about as current as hardcopy gets these days!
My copy of the first edition is falling apart from constant use as a reference and already my copy of the 2d Edition is showing signs of wear. I could not recommend this book highly enough. If more people bought and read it, my email from the servlet interest group would no doubt decrease by an order of magnitiude!
April 25, 2001
The only problemthat arises with this book is that the Servlet API is now in version2.2 with version 2.3 really close to being available to the public.Therefore some of the methods and/or classes presented here aredeprecated and were replaced or eliminated in the latter versions. Anexample of this is class javax.servlet.http.HttpSessionContext
Iread at the author's site...that he's releasing a new edition soonwith updated information.
I throughly recommend this book even ifyou are using a newer version of the API, since the core servlettechnology hasn't changed much. If you want to learn servlets justfor acquiring the knowledge, you might want to wait for the secondedition. Otherwise get this book to get on the fast track into thisexciting technology.
Mr. Hunter should probably update the book since it is over 10 years old....however all the examples seem to work.
I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in programming in Java...however updating the book will be very beneficial
to the author (more people will buy the book) and to the Java coounity.
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