January 7, 2004
"JavaServer Pages, Third Edition": Help for Server-Side Java Developers
Sebastopol, CA--JavaServer Pages (JSP) has built a huge following since
the release of JSP 1.0 in 1999, providing Enterprise Java developers with
a flexible tool for the development of dynamic web sites and web
applications. While new point releases have incrementally improved the
rough areas of the first version of the JSP specification, JSP 2.0,
released late in 2003, takes this technology to new heights.
JavaServer Pages, Third Edition (O'Reilly, US $44.95), by Hans Bergsten
is completely revised and updated to cover the JSP 2.0 and JSTL 1.1
specifications. The book includes detailed coverage of the Expression
Language (EL) incorporated into JSP 2.0, the JSTL 1.1 tag libraries and
the new function library, the new tag file format that enables custom tag
library development without Java code, the simplified Java tag library
API, improvements in the JSP XML syntax, and more. Further, it details
setup of the Apache Tomcat server, JSP and JSTL syntax and features, error
handling and debugging, authentication and personalization, database
access, XML processing, and internationalization.
Readers of the previous edition of "JavaServer Pages" will note that many
of the custom components used in the second edition have now been replaced
with equivalent standard components from JSTL, a specification to which
the author contributed. In fact, Bergsten helped shape the standard based
on many of the ideas explored in the first and second editions of this book.
The examples in the book guide readers through solutions to common JSP
design problems, from basic issues, such as retrieving and validating user
input, to more advanced areas, such as developing a database-driven site,
authenticating users, providing personalized content, caching data for
better performance, and implementing internationalization. "The latter
part of the book describes how you can combine JSP with other Java
technologies," Bergsten explains. "In particular, I describe the
combination of JSP and servlets using the popular Apache Struts framework,
and provide an overview of how JSP fits into the larger scope of J2EE."
"JavaServer Pages" recognizes the different needs of the two groups of
professionals who want to learn JSP: page authors interested in using JSP
elements in web pages, and programmers concerned with learning the JSP API
and using JSP effectively as a part of an enterprise application. Readers
in the first group will learn from the practical web application examples
in the second part of the book. Those in the latter group will appreciate
the detailed coverage of advanced topics in the third part, such as how to
integrate servlets and JavaBeans components with JSP using the popular
Apache Struts MVC framework, and how to develop custom tag libraries using
the JSP API, with realistic examples that they can use as a springboard
for their own libraries.
Advance praise for "JavaServer Pages, Third Edition":
"Hans Bergsten, a JSP expert group veteran and one of our most active
contributors, has thoroughly and accurately captured the new features of
JSP 2.0 and JSTL 1.1 in a way that is well-organized and easy to
understand. With excellent, to-the-point examples, this book is a 'must
have' for any serious JSP 2.0 developer."
--Mark Roth, JSP 2.0 Specification Lead, Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Praise for the previous editions:
"This book is both well informed and well organized. It provides experts
with invaluable tips and insights, while newcomers will find all they need
to assess and implement their first JSP applications."
--Tim Anderson, Amazon.co.uk
"It will definitely be a well used reference from my bookshelf."
--Carl Trusiak, JavaRanch.com, February 2001
"An excellent printed resource on JSPs, unsurprisingly called 'JavaServer
Pages' written by Hans Bergsten...I have been extremely impressed by its
depth, clarity, and attention to detail."
--Reuven M. Lerner, Linux Journal, May 2001
"This is a great book: it was written by a key contributor not only to the
JSP specification, but also to the JSP and Servlet reference
implementations. Filled with useful examples, it stands as an important
text in the adoption of JSP in the market."
--Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart, lead JSP Specification Engineer
JavaServer Pages, Third Edition
ISBN 0-596-00563-6, 764 pages, $44.95 US, $69.95 CA, 31.95 UK
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