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Java Servlet Programming, 2nd Edition
by Jason Hunter
Publisher: O'Reilly
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Editorial Reviews:
Aimed at Web developers with some previous Java experience, Java Servlet Programming, Second Edition, offers a solid introduction to the world of Java development with Servlets and related technologies. Thoroughly revised and newly updated with over a half-dozen new chapters, this title brings an already useful text up to speed with some leading-edge material. It excels particularly in explaining how to program dynamic Web content using Java Servlets, with a fine introduction to all the APIs, programming techniques, and tips you will need to be successful with this standard.

Besides a useful guide to APIs, the book looks at a variety of techniques for saving session state, as well as showing how Servlets can work together to power Web sites. You will learn performance tips and ways to get Servlets to work together (like forwarding and redirection), plus the basics of database programming with JDBC, to build content with "live" data. A later chapter examines what's next for Servlets with the emerging Servlet 2.3 API standard. Importantly, the authors go over deploying and configuring Web applications by editing XML files, a must-have for successfully running Servlets in real applications.

Since the first edition of this title, the choices for Java Web developers have grown much richer. Many of the new chapters in this edition look at options beyond Servlets. Short sections on application frameworks such as Tea, WebMacro, the Element Construction Set (ECS), XMLC, and JavaServer Pages (JSP) let you explore what's out there for Java developers today with a survey of some current tools that can speed up creating new Web applications.

The text closes with reference sections on Servlet APIs (and other material) that will be useful for any working developer. Although Servlets are not the only game in town, they are still important tools for successful Web development. This updated edition shows you just how to do it with plenty of basic and advanced tips for taking full advantage of this powerful Java standard. --Richard Dragan

Topics covered:

  • Overview and history of Java Servlets
  • Fundamentals of HTTP
  • Web applications (including deployment and configuration using XML files)
  • The Servlet lifecycle (initializing, processing requests, cleanup, and caching)
  • Multimedia content (images and compressed content)
  • WAP and WML for wireless content
  • Servlet session tracking techniques (hidden form fields, cookies, and URL rewriting)
  • Security issues with Servlets (including certificates and SSL)
  • Tutorial for JDBC and Java database programming
  • Using applets and Servlets together
  • Servlet collaboration
  • Quick introduction to Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE)
  • Internationalization issues
  • Survey of third-party Servlet application frameworks and tools: Tea, WebMacro, the Element Contruction Set (ECS), XMLC, and JavaServer Pages (JSP)
  • Miscellaneous tips for Servlets (including sending e-mail and using regular expressions)
  • Description of the new Servlet 2.3 API spec
  • Servlet API quick reference

Book Description
Servlets are an exciting and important technology that ties Java to the Web, allowing programmers to write Java programs that create dynamic web content.

Java Servlet Programming covers everything Java developers need to know to write effective servlets. It explains the servlet lifecycle, showing how to use servlets to maintain state information effortlessly. It also describes how to serve dynamic web content, including both HTML pages and multimedia data, and explores more advanced topics like integrated session tracking, efficient database connectivity using JDBC, applet-servlet communicaton, interservlet communication, and internationalization. Readers can use the book's numerous real-world examples as the basis for their own servlets.

The second edition has been completely updated to cover the new features of Version 2.2 of the Java Servlet API. It introduces chapters on servlet security and advanced communication, and also introduces several popular tools for easier integration of servlet technology with dynamic web pages. These tools include JavaServer Pages (JSP), Tea, XMLC, and the Element Construction Set.

In addition to complete coverage of 2.2 specification, Java Servlet programming, 2nd Edition, also contains coverage of the new 2.3 final draft specification.

Product Details
  • Paperback: 753 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly; edition (Jan 15, 2023)
  • ISBN: 0596000405
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 Based on 156 reviews.
  • Sales Rank: 18077

Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

5Excellent in-depth book, Mar 4, 2023
I completely agree with the 5-star positive reviews listed here. I saw a couple of new ones that were not so positive, so I wanted to voice my opinion.

This book is very well written - well structured, with in depth explanations, humor, good code examples. It can be used both as a tutorial and as a reference.

Even though it may be showing its age now in a couple of places (e.g. Tapestry is not mentioned, uses JDK 1.0 and 1.1 for the examples), it is still very good. It paints a complete picture, so one ends up with understanding of the principles and architecture - which is what matters - for the updated APIs there is always JavaDOC.

I don't know how suitable it is for beginners, but for an experienced programmer it is a thoroughly enjoyable read - once I started it I couldn't stop until I finished (I didn't actually type the examples - that isn't necessary for understanding the material) .

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

4Nicely Done, Dec 5, 2022
This book's examples in later chapters may be a bit much for the beginner, but it does a good job of covering thing very well. Good coverage of various protocols, etc.

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

3ok book, not the best tutorial, Oct 18, 2023
I found this book to be semi helpful. It would have been nice if it was more tutorial like. The examples also were not the most straightforward. The book does cover alot though.

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful:

3OK for beginners, May 16, 2023
I wouldn't say this is an excellent book, but it's not bad. The book covers good fundamentals in its first 8 chapters for those beginning Servlets. The book also covers some useful information on JDBC and Java Server Pages. There's also some additional coverage on Applet-Servlet communication, Internationalization and Tea & WebMacro application frameworks. However some topics like JavaBeans, SSL, Filters, deployment descriptors and XML were too brief and should have been given some depth. Another dissappointment is that all examples are based on API 2.2 but not 2.3!!. The Appendix just touches on new features of API 2.3 with also a separate listing of API 2.3.
It's been 8 mths since I purchased this book. I'd suggest that starters either wait for the next edition or get something that is based on Servlet API 2.3.

1 of 19 people found the following review helpful:

1Bloated, Feb 24, 2023
Like a week old dead body that floats to the surface from the murky depths. Caveat emptor.


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