- Series: Murach: Training & Reference
- Paperback: 758 pages
- Publisher: Mike Murach & Associates; 2nd edition (January 21, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1890774448
- ISBN-13: 978-1890774448
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 1.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 93 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #834,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The only downsides are that this thing is the size of a Manhattan phone book (you have to be of a certain age to grasp what I mean) and it's not available on the Kindle. I'd buy it in a heartbeat if it were.
The book provides comprehensive details on how to set up the environment for developing and deploying web-apps, with the installation of Netbeans, MySQL, libraries etc covered in the appendices. The set up is generally a difficult part of learning a new computer concept and this book explains this very well.
The material, the downloaded code, and exercises are well integrated and provide for a comprehensive learning experience. I was able to successfully complete the vast majority of exercises readily.
I have ordered the Murach Java book as I found the JSP and Servlets book very useful.
COMPARED TO HEAD FIRST
I am a big fan of the Head First series, a series which has taught me everything I know about Java, XHTML, CSS, Design Patterns Ajax, OO Design etc. I love it. But as a novice, I found Head First Servlets and JSP: Passing the Sun Certified Web Component Developer Exam (SCWCD) difficult to get into. Mainly because the HF book is directed towards accreditation, and contains some curved balls to prepare for the exam that distracted me from learning.
Instead, I did the Murach book from cover to cover, and skim read the HF book (partially because I am in love with that bossy HF girl!). The HF series is more fun and engaging, but for JSP and Servlets I found the Murach approach worked best for me. While the Murach book is as as well written and presented as can be expected of a more traditional text book, it is not as interactive as the HF series. I therefore found completing the exercises in the Murach book important for engaging with the content.
Murach does a better job than HF on the MySQL and IDE side of things. HF probably covers the nuances of the Servlets more comprehensively.
I recommend both, depending on what you need.
After this book, learn the spring framework. Don't try to learn spring without building a site using the knowledge you gain from this text if your new to java web technologies.