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Which version to read

narain ashwin
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Hi,
I has been quite a while since I used servlets.Now I need to learn servlets for a new task. I have the book "Java Servlet Programming" by Jason Hunter and William Crawford, which covers version 2.2 and 2.3 draft.

I bought this book when I was in college, just want to know is that content still relevant or anything drastically changed.If so which book should I refer.


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Ben Souther
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I have the Jason Hunter book.
It was great in its day but it is very outdated.

There is a second edition of Core Servlets and Java Server pages out that is more current.
Another one that is popular these days is Head First Servlet and JSP.
I know that one covers JSP 2.0.

If you've learned this stuff before and just need a refresher, you might want to start with the Servlet and JSP specs.
As far as specs go they're both pretty easy to read.

There are a lot of changes coming up in Servlet Spec 3.0.
I don't know if there are any books out that cover this one yet.

I would start with Servlet Spec 2.5 which will cover most everything you need to know about applications currently in production first.
Then take a peek at 3.0 to see what's coming.


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