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JSP or Java First?

Jeremy Parsons
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I'm still very new to Java, and programming in general.. I do alot of HTML here and there and wanted to do JSP, but didn't know if it was better to lear Java first, or any recommended books, etc to jump into JSP??
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Get at least basic Java concepts under your belt before diving into JSP.

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Jesper de Jong
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A JSP is more or less a HTML page with pieces of Java code embedded into it. If you don't understand Java, it doesn't make much sense to try to understand JSP. So learn some Java first.

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Jeroen T Wenting
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That's an oldfashioned JSP 1.0 or 0.9 JSP.
A modern JSP will use taglibs instead of scriptlets and rely on Servlets and other Java elements to do the work to generate the data it will display.
To code those you're going to need Java knowledge (and ideally more than the fundamentals or you end up with unmaintainable code that performs poorly).

Jeff Albertson
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In fact, these days they are more frameworks than anyone can keep up with for written web apps, and the demands or diminutions they place on jsp vary to the point where one may not be writing any pages at all!

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Joshua Cloch
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Although you can implement a JSP website without much code in JAVA,it is still strongly recommended to learn some JAVA first,cause a JSP website with support from JAVA can do whatever you want
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Just to answer the poster's question: learn Java first.

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