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How much of the JSTL do you actually cover in your book and how deep of explinations do you go?
I am looking for a really good reference book to use when programming my JSP pages and I didn't know if your book was more of a tutorial as in here is what the JSTL is, and here is how to use a few TagLibs, or is it closer to a reference book where you actually delve a bit into each available Tag in JSTL.

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Originally posted by Gregg Bolinger:
How much of the JSTL do you actually cover in your book and how deep of explinations do you go?
I am looking for a really good reference book to use when programming my JSP pages and I didn't know if your book was more of a tutorial as in here is what the JSTL is, and here is how to use a few TagLibs, or is it closer to a reference book where you actually delve a bit into each available Tag in JSTL.

Thanks.

I'd classify it as more of a reference. It covers every JSTL action and every support class for extending JSTL, twice.
The book is 583 pages with a 90 page reference manual. The reference manual gives an overview of each tag and support class, including the syntax of the action, the action's attributes, and constraints and error handling. There's also an In a Nutshell section that gets you started.
The rest of the book explores each action in detail with many small, focused web applications that show you how to use JSTL for many common tasks: iterating over collections, connecting to databases, internationalization, accessing foreign resources, parsing XML, transforming XML with XSLT etc.
So, each action is covered twice--once in the bulk of the book in a tutorial style, and once in the reference manual.
 
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Awesome David. Exactly what I am looking for. Thanks for being here for us this week.
 
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David, your book is getting great reviews. I'm looking forward to reading it. Is there any topic that you felt you really wanted to get into the book but couldn't?
 
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