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Core JSTL: Mastering the JSP Standard Tag Library by David Geary

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<pre>Author/s : David Geary
Publisher : Prentice Hall
Category : Servlets, JSP and Tag Libraries
Review by : Thomas Paul
Rating : 8 horseshoes

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The JSP Standard Tag Library is designed to simplify many of the difficult tasks
encountered while creating JSPs. This book covers the new built-in tags and the
expression language which are part of JSTL. The book describes itself as a
"definitive" guide and that fairly well sums it up. JSTL is covered in excellent
detail with lots of examples and sample code. The book is divided into three
parts. The first part introduces JSTL and discusses the JSTL expression
language. Examples of proper usage as well as common errors are shown. The next
part covers the tags themselves (referred to as actions). This part is split
over several chapters including chapters on conditional actions, iteration
actions, i18n actions, database actions, and XML actions. Each action is covered
in detail with at least one example of its usage. The final section is a short
reference covering all the actions. Overall, I found this book to be very well
written guide to JSTL. I think most Servlet/JSP developers will find this to be
an excellent resource for learning JSTL. There were a couple of places in the
book that I found the author's explanations a little confusing but overall he
does an excellent job of helping to understand how to properly use JSTL. You
should note that there is a misprint in the book that gives an incorrect URL for
the site to download the source code. The correct site is: http://www.core-jstl.com.


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