This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP 8 forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide and have Edward Finegan & Robert Liguori on-line! See this thread for details.
<pre> Author/s : Duane K. Fields, Mark A. Kolb, Shawn Bayern Publisher : Manning Category :J2EE Review by : Sean MacLean Rating : 8 horseshoes</pre> Having �field tested� the first edition of "Web Development with Java Server Pages" on several projects, I was anxious to see what the authors had in store with this second edition. I have to say that it was worth the wait, though some new additions or lack there of, did give me pause. Foremost, it should be noted that the original material remains intact and, based on this alone, the second edition gets same hearty recommendation as before. However, a more basic introduction has been added which, for me, changed the tone of the initial chapters completely. Understandably, though, it does provide a "more gentle" introduction for those new to the topic. As well, with so many similarities between some of the books� architectures (see chapter 10) and several popular presentation frameworks (i.e. Struts), I was struck with the sense that these should have been introduced as well. Most significantly, the book updates the discussion to include JSP 1.2 and Servlets 2.3 throughout and includes chapters covering Filters and Listeners. The discussion of filters alone garners this edition an extra horseshoe with its excellent coverage of this topic (personally, I feel that filters add potential for component re-use and abstraction that has not existed in J2EE applications to date). Finally, the addition of a chapter on "non-html" content, though brief, is welcome for its coverage of XML, Excel spreadsheets and code generation. (Sean MacLean - Bartender, August 2002) More info at Amazon.com More info at Amazon.co.uk