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New Web Development Project JSP or J2EE?

Mike Oakes

Joined: Apr 14, 2005
Posts: 5
I'm starting a new web development project and not sure if I should use JSP or J2EE. Is there a difference? I want to use all open/free software. I was thinking about using Sun's J2EE Server and writing J2EE code. Can i use the J2EE server and write JSP code. Which method would be better? I have a couple years of Java experience but no JSP or J2EE experience. Are there any tools that will help me write quicker and better software. (Netbeans)??

Thanks for your help
Ben Souther

Joined: Dec 11, 2004
Posts: 13410

JSP is a subset of J2EE.
I usually recommend learning Servlets before learning JSP because the concepts are clearer in Servlets. JSP is an abstraction of Servlet technology that's used to make it easier for HTML designers to alter view tier in a more "HTML Like" environment.

There are lots of good books and web tutorials out there on the subject.

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Bear Bibeault
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Joined: Jan 10, 2002
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As JSP is part of J2EE it's not an either/or supposition.

What is it you mean then, by "writing J2EE code" if you do not think that includes JSP?

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Mike Oakes

Joined: Apr 14, 2005
Posts: 5
Okay, Thanks for your responses. I wasn't aware that JSP is a subset of J2EE. I've been a JAVA developer for a few years but no experience with JSP's, servlets or J2EE. I think I understand now the concept. Appreciate your help
B Chandler

Joined: Apr 02, 2005
Posts: 4
Mike, if you're still 'watching'....

I just wanted to jump in with my 2 cents on the subject.

I was in the same position as you 6 months ago and I got a great book to help me get aquainted with web-app development.

Head First Servlets & JSP (Bryan Basham, Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates)- will tell you everything you need to know with straight talking (sometimes humourous) text and an 'easy on the eye' format.
Of course, there are many other resources for this kinda stuff, but for me, the Head First series has been a life saver.

Good luck,
[ April 19, 2005: Message edited by: B Chandler ]
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