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Professional Apache Tomcat 5 (Programmer to Programmer) 1st Edition

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From the Back Cover

The Apache Tomcat server and related technologies give Java™ developers a rich set of tools to quickly build more sophisticated Web applications. Tomcat version 5 supports the latest JSP™ and Servlet specifications, JSP 2.0, and Servlets 2.4. This completely updated volume offers you a thorough education in Tomcat 5 as well as 4.1.

You will learn to solve the problems that arise with installation and configuration, security, system testing, and more. This edition also introduces you to Tomcat clustering for planning and deploying installations in mission-critical production environments, and explores the new support for Tomcat in popular IDEs such as IntelliJ IDEA, Eclipse, NetBeans™/Sun Java Studio, and JBuilder.

You’ll discover how to manage class loaders and Connectors, understand how to use IIS as a Web server front-end for Tomcat, examine JDBC-related issues in Tomcat, and be ready to put this technology to work.

What you will learn from this book

  • Techniques and troubleshooting tips for installing JVM™ and Tomcat on Windows® and UNIX®/Linux® systems
  • Detailed Tomcat configuration, such as Access log administration, Single Sign-on across Web applications, request filtering, the Persistent Session Manager, and JavaMail™ session setup
  • How to resolve JDBC connectivity issues, including connection pooling, JNDI emulation, configuring a data source, and alternative JDBC™ configurations
  • How to use Web servers like Apache and IIS with Tomcat to serve static content
  • A wide range of security issues, from securing Tomcat installations to configuring security policies for Web applications that run on them
  • How to configure Tomcat for virtual hosting environments
  • Procedures for load-testing Web applications deployed in Tomcat using the open source JMeter framework
  • How to set up Tomcat clustering to provide scalability and high availability to Web applications
  • How to embed Tomcat within custom applications

Who is this book for?

This book is for J2EE™ system administrators and Java developers with responsibilities for Tomcat configuration, performance tuning, system security, or deployment architecture.

Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.

About the Author

Vivek Chopra has over nine years of experience as a software developer, architect, and team lead, and is currently working on Web Services, J2EE, and middleware technologies. He has worked and consulted at a number of Silicon Valley companies (including Hewlett-Packard, Sun, and currently Sony) and startups. He actively writes about technology and has co-authored half a dozen books on topics such as Apache/open-source software, XML, and Web services. He is also a committer for UDDI4J, an opensource Java API for UDDI. His other areas of experience and interest include compilers, middleware, clustering, GNU/Linux, RFID systems, and mobile computing.

Sing Li, bitten by the microcomputer bug since 1978, has grown up with the Microprocessor Age. His first personal computer was a $99 do-it-yourself Netronics COSMIC ELF computer with 256 bytes of memory, mail-ordered from the back pages of Popular Electronics magazine. Currently, Sing is a consultant, system designer, open-source software contributor, and freelance writer specializing in Java technology, as well as embedded and distributed systems architecture. He writes for several popular technical journals and e-zines, and is the creator of the “Internet Global Phone,” one of the very first Internet telephones available. He has authored and co-authored a number of books across diverse technical topics, including Tomcat, JSP, Servlets, XML, Jini, and JXTA.

Ben Galbraith was introduced to Java in 1999, and has since become something of a Java enthusiast. He has written dozens of Java/J2EE applications for numerous clients, and has built his share of Web sites. He actively tinkers on several open-source projects and participates in the Java Community Process. He has also co-authored a gaggle of books on various Java/XML-related topics, including the one you’re holding now. He is president of the Utah Java User’s Group (www.ujug.org) and Director of Software Development for Amirsys (www.amirsys.com).

Jon Eaves is the Chief Technology Officer of ThoughtWorks Australia and has more than 15 years of software development experience in a wide variety of application domains and languages. He can be   reached at jon@eaves.org.

Amit Bakore is a Sun-certified Web component developer and Java programmer. He works at Veritas Software R&D center, Pune (India). Earlier, he was a part of the Server Technologies group at Oracle, Bangalore (India), as a Senior Member Technical Staff. He has been working primarily on Java, J2EE, XML, and Linux. His areas of interest include open-source technologies and satellite-launching vehicles. He can be reached at bakoreamit@yahoo.com. Amit dedicates this work to his parents, Dr. Ramkrishna and Sau. Vaijayanti.

Chanoch Wiggers is a senior developer with Kiwi DMD, U.K., programming with J2EE and VB. He previously worked as a technical architect with Wrox Press, editing, architecting, and contributing to Java books.


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Product Details

  • Series: Programmer to Programmer
  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (May 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764559028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764559020
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,571,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Development of the Apache project's Tomcat JSP and Servlet engine continues apace, and again, Wrox has done a good job in swiftly getting a book to market which covers the latest version.
Wrox's earlier book by many of the same authors, 'Professional Apache Tomcat' covered versions 3 and 4. This book no longer contains any material specific to version 3, but has had a major overhaul and concentrates on Tomcat 5, though it's still useful and relevant to administrators working with version 4.1 and up.
Like its predecessor, the book covers the installation and management of Tomcat in great depth on both Unix and Windows. Its Unix coverage is geared towards Linux in favour of any other version of Unix, but in practice there's nothing particularly Linux specific and users of other Unix variants will have no problems following the examples.
As with the previous edition, the first two chapters provide background to the Apache project, J2EE and the evolution of web application technologies from CGI to JSP. Detailed chapters on installation and architecture follow. Only installation of the Tomcat binaries is here though; building Tomcat from source with Ant is not discussed at all (however, Ant is referred to throughout the book, mainly in relation to application building and deployment, and gets an appendix of its own). The architecture description is unchanged from the previous edition, but remains an excellent overview of Tomcat's internal components.
And on to the nuts and bolts.
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There is a lot of good information in this book, and it's true that it gets into JMX, the web-based manager and admin apps, etc., etc.

But I have some real concerns with this book. Here are four everyday "real world" tasks that a professional really needs to know and that one is hard-pressed to find accurately and succinctly discussioned in this book: (1) JVM memory settings -- in what file to set them; (2) How to pre-compile JSPs so that they are not compiled "on the fly" after deployment (absolutely crucial for the real world); (3) how to define a context.xml file and put it in your app's META-INF directory; (4) How to get an app deployed to the root.

I hope the authors can address these issues in the next edition.

Here's some more detail on these issues:

(1) Memory settings: p. 417: Gives switches for memory optimization, but doesn't say what is the best file in the Tomcat deployment for updating such settings. (The info in "Shared Tomcat Hosting," pp. 392-393, doesn't help for the easy case.) There is no discussion that if you use the Windows Service, the memory settings are set through the "Configure Tomcat" GUI application (and catalina.bat isn't used). A *general* item for "memory settings" is not listed in the index under JVM.

(2) How to pre-compile JSPs: Nothing. A better book would provide a working ant target for this. jspc (and/or org.apache.jasper.JspC) isn't even in the index.

(3) How to use a context.xml file and put it in your web-app's META-INF: Nothing. This is incredibly important because it's how you would define a DataSource without having to meddle with the server.xml file.

(4) How to get an app deployed to the root path. While there is some discussion of the root (e.g., p.
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This book contains some good information. However, it's clear that the publisher merely solicited a bunch of articles and sort of threw them together without much in the way of an overarching design. The result is that you can find answers to many common Tomcat questions in this book, but others will go unanswered.

I agree with the previous comments that this book has some major gaps in its coverage of the topic. I would also comment that some of the presentation is pretty confusing, such as the whole area of data source configuration, which is actualy covered TWICE. Which section of the book where it's covered are you supposed to follow? And, as it turns out, even though this subtopic is covered twice, they still don't manage to give a complete explanation, leaving out the important issue of setting up a context.xml file.

It's better than not having any Tomcat book at all, but this is not an exceptionally complete or well-organized book.
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Very inconsistent from chapter to chapter

Some of the chapters in this I found very useful e.g. class loaders, and some I found to be very bad e.g. JDBC. It seems that the book really needed to have someone not familiar with the subject matter give it a review as it was very common to mention a concept several times in a paragraph that had not been explained previously in the book/chapter. In at least one case the object was not explained until several chapters further into the book. Some sections at least reference that an explanation is forthcoming in the next few pages and that allows to reader to just wait fort hat to come.

Some of the call-out tables are completely pointless, e.g. they `explain' all the possible arguments ends up reading like "switch -allow_JDBC description - allows access to JDBC". If you can add no value beyond the switch name, why waste the paper.

The security chapter says it is a perfectly secure practice to give developers read only access to production databases; statements like this should be qualified to reference the type of data that is being stored.
If the SysAdmins of Amazon followed these practices and my name, address, credit card, password etc. were available to the entire organization I would not be pleased. I am sure that is not the case with Amazon as that would be an issue for SOX as well as PCI.

I am about 2/3rds of the way through the book now, and if I had known it would be this bad I would have abandoned it earlier, I am now far enough in that I do not think it is worth starting fresh with an O'Reily book.
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