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Brian Legg
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Dave, thanks for answering my previous question about Websphere Commerce. Could you please give a brief summary of "pre-reqs" you should have/know before reading this book?

Like I mentioned in my previous post, I am intermediate Java user but novice web developer.

Thanks again!

~Currently preparing for SCJP6
David Newton

Joined: Sep 29, 2008
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Off the top of my head:

- Minimal knowledge of Java web apps and associated classes. I don't cover things like what the session is, what the request is, and so on, as there are tons of resources that go over that.

- The ability to get a development environment up and running is assumed; there are too many options, so no matter what example I would have chosen it would have left the majority of readers in the dark. All that, of course, is also well-covered by other (free!) resources.

- Some JavaScript knowledge for the JavaScript chapters--it's not an introductory JavaScript book; the JavaScript techniques covered are easy enough to understand, but are focused more on keeping our JavaScript code clean and isolated rather than explaining JavaScript itself. Although I guess I do cover some basics that can confuse people new to JS.

I hope this helps, although I realize it might not... when I was writing the book I was taking the approach that I was mentoring someone with basic Java skills (it sounds like you exceed that expectation) that has done a little bit of web programming but is taking it to the "next level".

Minus database stuff, possibly, as I've already exceeded the number of pages I was supposed to use :/

Basic questions beyond what are covered in the book are, of course, askable here or for Struts-specific stuff on the Struts user mailing list.

Brian Legg
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Thanks a lot!! Sounds like it would be a good read for me in about a month. That's when I plan to be finished covering my JavaScript material.
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