JavaServer Pages, Second Edition

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9780321150790: JavaServer Pages, Second Edition

This book teaches beginner programmers how to create dynamic web sites with JavaServer Pages (JSP) using many examples. This tutorial/reference brings JavaServer Pages to the huge audience of non-programmers and allows them to get the most productivity from JSPs, with the least effort. This second edition covers the latest release of the JSP specification (2.0), including overviews of some related technologies such as servlets, the Java standard tag library (JSTL), Jakarta Struts, and databases. The second edition of this bestseller includes a number of standard extensions to JSPs, as well as a number of best practices that have been developed since the first edition was written.Over the past few years, JavaServer Pages have become a popular and important technology for building dynamic web sites. Several commercial implementations, as well as wide-spread open-source ones, already exist and are in wide use. Unlike Microsoft's Active Server Pages, JSPs do not tie the developer to any particular platform, and are available to developers at no cost.

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Even if you aren't a programmer, you can design Web sites with dynamic content generated by JavaServer Pages (JSPs). That's the idea in JavaServer Pages, a very approachable and patient tutorial suitable for anyone with basic HTML knowledge.

Early sections explain how JSPs and Java servlets work. (In short, JSPs provide an easy way to write servlets, a powerful alternative to CGI scripts or Microsoft Active Server Pages, ASPs). With JSPs, you write HTML with embedded tags, so you don't have to be a Java expert to use them.

The strength of this text has to be the author's practically minded tutorial showing these pages in action. Dozens of short programming excerpts provide a solid tour of basic techniques, including retrieving form variables and generating dynamic content for a sample news Web site. Later, the author delves into the Java programming language itself, along with custom JavaBeans for use within JSPs.

Closing chapters enhance the sample Web site with personalization and even basic e-commerce capabilities. Chances are this case study is all you need to start making use of JSPs and beans successfully on your own. By centering on JSPs first and then working inward to the details of Java, the text can benefit a wide range of readers. Content creators can learn JSPs and gain exposure to some real Java, while serious Java programmers can learn a much simpler approach to writing servlets. Provided you know HTML and the basics of Web development, this easy-to-digest and worthwhile book can let you build Web sites that take advantage of one of today's most powerful server-side technologies. --Richard Dragan

Topics covered: History of dynamic content with HTML, CGI scripts, Active Server Pages (ASPs), introduction to Java Server Pages (JSPs) and servlets, JSP comments and basic statements, error handling, request time processing and expressions, implicit JSP objects, retrieving user form variables, properties and serialization, basic Java programming (variables, keywords, objects, and simple class design), JSP scriptlets, conditionals, scoping rules, local, page, request and session scope, managing session information, designing JavaBeans, database and SQL basics, personalization techniques, dynamics ads, adding simple e-commerce capabilities, servlet events and APIs, using servlets with JSPs, introduction to XML and multithreaded programming, sample JSP code, and a case study for a news Web site.

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Since being introduced in 1999, JavaServer Pages™ (JSP) have become a popular and important technology for building dynamic, interactive, content-rich Web sites. JavaServer Pages™, Second Edition is a hands-on guide to working with JSP, offering the easiest and most efficient ways for non-programmers and Web designers to create sophisticated, dynamic sites. Programmers can also utilize this book to independently create new dynamic components. This second edition covers the latest release of the JSP specification (2.0), many standard extensions to JSPs, and a number of best practices that have been developed since the publication of the first edition.

This book also offers overviews of some related technologies, including:

  • JavaBeans™
  • Servlets
  • JavaServer Pages Standard Tag Library (JSTL)
  • Jakarta Struts
  • Databases
  • JavaServer Pages™, Second Edition contains all the information necessary to start writing JSP--for anyone who has a computer and can write HTML. It includes practical, Java-based techniques for maintaining and personalizing information-rich Web sites, as well as examples based on Jakarta Struts, the new JSP toolkit. Recent updates provide a number of new tools and techniques that will allow readers to get the most productivity from JSPs, with the least amount of effort.

    Also included is a CD-ROM containing everything you need to get started. The tools, which are free, open-source, stable, secure, and run on pretty much every platform, are powerful enough to serve even a mid-sized Web site without problems. Contents of the CD-ROM include: Tomcat™, the open-source reference implementation of the latest JSP and Servlet specification; useful libraries such as the JavaServer Pages Standard Tag Library (JSTL) and Struts; Hsqldb, a self-contained, 100 percent pure Java database; all the code examples from the book; and a number of Java beans, providing ready-to-use components for many of the tasks frequently needed on a dynamic Web page.



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