Rajat, this book covers much of the same material as the previous edition. Of course, it has been updated to use all the latest versions of NetBeans, Tomcat, MySQL, etc. Also, we restructured it to present the MVC pattern earlier. This allowed us to present "best practices" first instead of teaching outdated practices first and then showing how to fix them later.
However, we did add some new material to this book. In particular, this book now shows how to use JPA, which is a newer way to work with databases than JDBC that has many advantages over JDBC. Also, this book now presents an introduction to JSF, just to give you an idea of the similarities and differences between the JSF approach and the servlet/JSP approach.
I look forward to answering some questions and talking with you all about servlet/JSP programming and this book. Thanks again!
Welcome to ranch. I went through the Table of Contents and the Sample chapter of your book and immediately liked it. From the first look of it, your book seems to have a "learn by practice" approach, a kind of book that I should sit along with my laptop, reading a topic and trying out immediately. This is what made me like the book instantly, because I start to feel sleepy when I have to go through loads of theory before touching my laptop to practice it. In fact, the much liked and appreciated book "Head First Java Servlets and JSP" couldn't hold my interest for a long time ( I like the way they put so many exercises and questions, but still somehow I used to forget what I learned in last few chapters as it didn't motivate me to get up and try things out. I would use my pencil but not touch the laptop to practice. My intention isn't to bring in any comparisons here because I am a fan of Head first books, just put my experience.) Besides, in your book there is an introduction and hands on for everything required to know for developing a basic web application. I would have loved if eclipse were used as the IDE, as that is what I am most comfortable with. But sometimes its good to be out of one's comfort zone and explore new things, so will try out writing code using Netbeans and of course with your book in hand.
You realise that what you post here is not eligible for the book draw, so you would do well to create a new thread with your question about the book.
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Thanks Campbell, I do realize that this post won't qualify for the draw. Whatever questions I had about the book have already been asked and most of them answered also by Joel, so didn't want to repeat the questions. Just wanted to share my thoughts on his book, hence the post.
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Why not ask the questions your own way and make them look slightly different—then, who knows, you might win a book.