As the name says, I'm quite sure that the book should be used as a reference rather than as a complete learning guide. So if you are just a beginner and want to learn Struts from the ground up, you might need to pick any other book, which is not a reference book...
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Personally, if I am new to certain topics or technologies, before I get in into the books, I will try to find out some simple online tutorials as a pre-study aims.
Of course, those articles may not as useful as a complete reference, but if you dont know something, it is almost painful for you to start from strech to get the idea.
I am quite new to Web Serivces (only 1/2 year experiences), and I am now preparing SCDJWS. I read Richard's J2EE Web Services book. No doubt that it is the best Web Service book for this exam, however, I found it difficult to read, as I worked with those APIs before. When I come across with the *real* Web Services content, I get suck.
Lucky that I found an article from http://www.onjava.com, and read SUN's J2EE 1.4 tutorials on the Web Services part, I start understand some basic ideas. When I re-read Richard's book, I did find that I get the concepts easier than the 1st read.
Eventhough name says complete reference it has nothing to do whether to be used as a refernence or not. Osborne has a series of books with the title complete reference. jsp complete reference is a very good book for beginers.
Originally posted by Ko Ko Naing: As the name says, I'm quite sure that the book should be used as a reference rather than as a complete learning guide. So if you are just a beginner and want to learn Struts from the ground up, you might need to pick any other book, which is not a reference book...