This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
<pre>Author/s : Marty Hall Publisher : Prentice Hall Category :J2EE & Distributed Computing Review by : Madhav Lakkapragada - bartender, April 2001 Rating : 9 horseshoes</pre> A well written book with enough details. The author does a pretty impressive job to clearly describe everything that is required to understand the subject. All aspects of Servlets and JSP are covered at each step - right from the API till the deployment. Also, the author explains more than one deployment tool used. I like this approach very much. Most often I have seen people know about servlets and JSP but they have trouble putting it together as an application. The approach here talks about creating your web applications and deploying them. Hence I feel this book is complete in itself. Discussion topics include Beans, Custom Tags, Forms, JDBC among other topics including some interesting Dilbert Cartoons. The only topic left out is XML, I thought, but then we know its an ocean on its own. I highly recommend this book. More info at Amazon.com More info at Amazon.co.uk More info at FatBrain.com [This message has been edited by Johannes de Jong (edited December 05, 2001).]
Pounding at a thick stone wall won't move it, sometimes, you need to step back to see the way around.
If you are looking to get one book to start out learning Servlets and JSPs, this is the book to get. Hands down, nothing else to say. Marty Hall has a clear, entertaining writing style, and definitely knows the subject matter. He is considered one of the foremost experts on servlets, and you may see his Q&A session transcripts on Sun's pages. This book does leave a few things out (I don't think anyone will ever find one perfect book), but this is the book that will get you going on the right direction. I can't recommend this book enough.