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Special Edition Using Java Server Pages and Servlets
by Mark Wutka

Paperback: 754 pages
Dimensions (in inches): 1.70 x 9.09 x 7.36
Publisher: Que
ISBN: 0789724413; 1st edition (January 15, 2000)


From Book News, Inc.: A guide for Web designers, software architects, and software developers with some previous knowledge of Java, covering basic servlets and Java server pages, core components, Java Web application architecture, taking JSP and servlets beyond HTML, and advanced techniques. Wutka is a Java consultant.Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Book Description: Special Edition Using JSP and Servlets starts by detailing the evolution of web servers that led to the creation of ASP and JSP. It explains both the limitations of previous technologies and the benefits that JSP provides including platform independence. Includes coverage of: organizing applications with multiple files and client-side objects, generating well-formed XML using JSP, storing data in cookies and sessions, interacting with Enterprise Java Beans, displaying dynamic graphics with Java 2D, and using RMI and Corba to enhance JSP applications. The final chapters demonstrate advanced JSP & Servlet techniques, including using JSP to create wireless & XML-based applications. Appendices provide an overview of popular JSP & Servlet runtime environments, including Jrun, Tomcat and ServletExec.

Book Info: (InformIT) A reference for Java developers teaching how to organize applications with multiple files and client-side objects, generate well-formed XML using JSP, store data in cookies and sessions, and a host of other useful tasks.

About the Author: Mark Wutka is the president of Wutka Consulting and specializes in helping companies get the most out of Java. He has built numerous Java, JSP and Servlet applications including several online ordering applications. In a past life he was the chief architect on a large, object-oriented distributed system providing automation for the flight operations division of a major airline and for 9 years designed and implemented numerous systems in Java, C, C++, and Smalltalk for that same airline. He previously contributed chapters to Special Edition Using Java 2 Platform and Hacking Java.


Customer Reviews
Fabulous Book!!, March 10, 2001
Reviewer: Garth Grimm from Palo Alto, CA USA

I've never been so happy to find a book as I've been to find this one! If you're like me, this is the perfect book for you, and from what I can tell, it's one of a kind.

I'd seen books on Java (servlets), books on JSP, books on XML, and understand the concepts of presentation/application/data layers for web applications. Unfortunately, all the books seemed to treat these techonologies as if they were stand-alone solutions. The clear focus of this book is how to get these technologies to work together to provide an elegant, modular, and easily maintainable solution to application problems.

Even in the first chapters (basic JSP application), the book is already laying out it's primary theme. It specifically draws your attention to the way the JSP's use Java in two basic areas. The first half being the creation and manipulation of objects, and the second half being the presentation of the data. It then explains that in a few chapters you'll learn that the top half should be in a servlet and the JSP should focus on the second half.

IRT some of the other reviews I've read...

Yes, you need to know some Java. This book isn't going to explain classes, polymorphism, inheritance, or interfaces to you -- it expects that you know what they mean. But simply working through a few Sun trails or a Java-in-24-hours type book will be enough.

Also, if the phrase "multi-tier application architecture" sounds like a foreign language phrase, then this book isn't really focused toward the obstacles that you're currently dealing with. A good chunk (about 1/2, I'd say) of the book is meant to clear up how to use these technologies in a multi-tier environment. If you don't know what one is, then a lot of the book is going to seem irrelevant.

But if you do know what "multi-tier" means, and you have understanding of the technologies, this is the book that fills in the gaps involved with integrating them together in a single solution.

Fabulous Book, March 10, 2001
Reviewer: Garth Grimm from Palo Alto, CA USA

I've never been so happy to find a book as I've been to find this one! If you're like me, this is the perfect book for you, and from what I can tell, it's one of a kind.

I'd seen books on Java (servlets), books on JSP, books on XML, and understand the concepts of presentation/application/data layers for web applications. Unfortunately, all the books seemed to treat these techonologies as if they were stand-alone solutions. The clear focus of this book is how to get these technologies to work together to provide an elegant, modular, and easily maintainable solution to application problems.

Even in the first chapters (basic JSP application), the book is already laying out it's primary theme. It specifically draws your attention to the way the JSP's use Java in two basic areas. The first half being the creation and manipulation of objects, and the second half being the presentation of the data. It then explains that in a few chapters you'll learn that the top half should be in a servlet and the JSP should focus on the second half.

IRT some of the other reviews I've read...

Yes, you need to know some Java. This book isn't going to explain classes, polymorphism, inheritance, or interfaces to you -- it expects that you know what they mean. But simply working through a few Sun trails or a Java-in-24-hours type book will be enough.

Also, if the phrase "multi-tier application architecture" sounds like a foreign language phrase, then this book isn't really focused toward the obstacles that you're currently dealing with. A good chunk (about 1/2, I'd say) of the book is meant to clear up how to use these technologies in a multi-tier environment. If you don't know what one is, then a lot of the book is going to seem irrelevant.

But if you do know what "multi-tier" means, and you have understanding of the technologies, this is the book that fills in the gaps involved with integrating them together in a single solution.

Good for syntax, bad for "Using Java", August 21, 2001
Reviewer: A reader from NY, USA

This book has an excellent first few chapters. It really introduces the Java language, explains how it works, and makes it fairly easy to keep up. Once you start getting into the technologies that surround Java, such as database connections and CORBA, this book gets tough to follow. There is code example after code example with little or no explanation of what the code is doing step by step. I know that I like when the author walks me through code so I can understand the first time, and not have to look at more examples. This book does not do that. Overall I think there is material to be learned from this book, though I'm not sure if it's easily extracted. I haven't read the WROX JSP book, but from what I have seen, that might be a better way to go.

Must have for serious developers, April 16, 2001
Reviewer: Amber C Hayes from Overland Park, KS United States

I normally don't write book reviews but I saw this book had some poor reviews and felt it necessary to add my two-cents worth. This is probably the best servlet book I've ever read and I've read several. The book explains obscure points that aren't entirely clear in the specification itself and cautions against problems that aren't obvious unless you're a very experienced programmer. It also provides lots of invaluable suggestions for those of us trying to figure out exactly how the J2EE architecture should be implemented. If you're just learning servlets, Java, or web programming you probably want to start with a simpler book.






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