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Professional Java Server Programming
by Andrew Patzer, Sing Li, Paul Houle, Mark Wilcox, Ron Phillips, Danny Ayers, Hans Bergsten, Jason Diamond, Mike Bogovich, Matthew Ferris, Marc Fleury, Ari Halberstadt, Piroz Mohseni, Krishna Vedati, Stefan Zeiger
Perfect Paperback: 1121 pages
Dimensions (in inches): 2.04 x 9.15 x 7.26
Publisher: Wrox Press Inc
ISBN: 1861002777; 1st edition (August 1999)
Amazon.com: Wrox specializes in books written by programmers, for programmers. Professional Java Server Programming, a volume on developing Java-based Web applications, is no different. All the 12 authors are developers and consultants--including some who've been part of Sun's own Java team.
The Web is becoming more and more a way of delivering applications rather than just static Web pages. Java is becoming more and more popular as a tool for building Web applications, thanks to Java servlets and Java Server Pages. Professional Java Server Programming is a big book full of code samples and real-world experience.
Starting with a grounding in Web application development and technologies, the book introduces the various concepts of using Java to deliver Web content--as well as helping to give you the tools you need to work around the limitations of Web servers and Web browsers. You'll also learn how to develop complex database-driven applications--and how to work faster. Since this is a book on the cutting edge of Java development, you'll also find sections on using Java with XML documents and LAP directory servers, as well as Enterprise Java Beans. There's even a good examination of the next generation of Java technologies--Jini and JavaSpaces--with a look at how these can be used in Web applications.
This is a superb and extremely practical book. If you're building Java-based Web server applications, this is a book you need to have next to your terminal, if only for the 300 pages of reference material in the appendices! --Simon Bisson, amazon.co.uk
Book Description: An overview of the new server-side Java platform - Java 2 Enterprise Edition - as it relates to building n-tier web applications. It covers the building blocks (Servlets, JSP, EJB, JDBC, RMI, JNDI, CORBA) then goes into special design considerations for server side programming, (including resource pooling and component based design) before finally discussing future possibilities opened up by Jini and JavaSpaces technology.
In a world where, increasingly, corporate IT development is Web application development - ASP, PHP, CGI and ISAPI are all viable options.Now, so is the Java 2 Platform Enterprise Edition, and that's good news because server-side Java is portable across Windows, Linux, UNIX and MacOS and compatible with a wide range of Web Servers (IIS, Apache, Netscape Enterprise Server) and Application Servers from Sun, IBM and others.
What does all this mean for you? Java provides technologies to allow for server side processing, dynamic page content generation and dynamic presentation. With these comprehensive, platform independent Java class libraries you can join together the disparate pieces of your business - data, applications and platforms - to form a coherent whole.
Java 2 Enterprise Edition - announced by Sun in June 1999 - makes Java an entire platform, not just another language and this is the first book that seriously covers it.
From the Publisher: This book is aimed at developers who are familiar with the Java programming language and have some experience of web technologies. Whether you are coding from scratch, creating web components or adding a web front end to an existing application, there is something here for you.
About the Author: Wrox has assembled a team of Java experts to give you access to their considerable professional experience in one unique book.
Between them these 15 authors have close to 75 man-years of object-oriented programming and Java experience, own three software companies and participate in the development of the Servlet API and JavaServer Pages specifications.
Great book, August 18, 2000
Reviewer: Jeff B Williams from Colorado Springs, CO USA
Everything you need to get started with server-side Java programming is in this book. It starts off with several chapters covering Servlets, then a solid chapter on JSP, followed by coverage of JDBC, and a chapter on database connection pools. This would have been enough for a complete book, but it doesn't stop there. There is also good coverage of XML, RMI, JNDI, EJB, and more.
To me, this book is an essential reference for anyone doing server-side Java programming. It has been an invaluable resource on my current programming project. I continually recommend it to my co-workers.
The book has a good balance of example code and explanations, and the authors generally have very good writing styles which make the technical material relatively easy to understand. However, at times you can tell that the book has many authors because not all of the chapters are of the same quality. In particular, I though chapters 5 and 6 were not as well written as most of the others.
One minor criticism of the book is that even though it is over 1,000 pages it is printed in a rather small font which made it a little hard to read. I would have preferred that one or two of the less important chapters be excluded so that a normal font size could have been used.
This book is also a great value for the price. Many technical books don't cover half as much material for the same price. I highly recommend it.
No references, June 26, 2000
Reviewer: Patrick Lacson from Santa Clara, CA
As a Java Developer I was looking more for a reference and minimal set of abstract examples on how to use the syntax of jsp directives, jsp structures, and servlet practices. EJB and XML coverage was very minimal and despite my previous WROX book Professional ASP (which was excellent) this book fails in regards to teaching the foundational practices of JSP and Servlets. It is indeed loaded with lots of examples including a good case study called, El Weeds of Limon. The explanations were very surfacy and didn't have enough of the technical details. The type of detail missed should be assumed from books that try to cover too many topics which spread the "meat" of the matter very thin.
Rather than getting you started on the right track it gets you started by making you copy examples which IMHO is a poor way to learn especially if the examples are not very generic.
I recently picked up a better book which includes all the jsp and servlet best practices, perfect amount of HTML mixture in handling forms, etc. and also a broad coverage of the currently available JSP/Servlet Containers like the Jakarta group's Tomcat 3.1 Container.
I would recommend this book if you're looking for examples, period. However if you want to learn JSP and Servlet technology the proper way pick up Core Servlets and JSP by Sun Press. It's also more up to date with the JSP 1.1/Servlet 2.2 spec.
Not For Professionals, November 13, 2001
Reviewer: Rehan Malik from Edison, New Jersey United States
I bought this book a few months ago and I found out that it covers the basics of J2EE. Imagine 10+ authors. Each talks about their own thing and then they slap it together and call it a Wrox Published book. My gripes with this book are:
1. Unfocused. Topics jump from rather quickly and do not ease you into one another.
2. Code is filled with example codes that do not work.
3. Did not stay with one topic and cover it enough.
Good things about the book:
1. Has a pretty nice red cover so I know Wrox made it.
2. It's pretty big so if a rat manages to get in the house, I can squash it with the book, not that I would do such a thing.
3. Makes people go "WOW" when they say, "you actually read that whole thing??" given the number of pages.
Unfortunately, this is not one book that I've been hitting on for help at all. It's usually the last resort to look up information since I usually find the answers I need elsewhere. The material provided in this book is too spread out and not covered enough in detail to be of much use.
However, for those who just want to get a feel for the J2EE technologies, I say you would enjoy this book. But it would outlive its usefullness after some time.
Great book, July 23, 2001
Reviewer: kkyung from monterey park, ca United States
Over all this is a great book. It give you the overall idea on Java Server Programming. If you really serious on specific topic, you have to buy another one. It is good for the beginner to grap the general idea on Java Server Programming.
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