December 7, 2000
JSP is the Holy Grail of Web Apps Says O'Reilly Author
Sebastopol, CA--JavaServer Pages (JSP) technology provides an easy way
to create dynamic web pages. JSP uses a component-based approach that
allows web developers to easily combine static HTML for look-and-feel
with Java components for dynamic features. The simplicity of this
component-based model, combined with the cross-platform power of Java,
allows a web development environment with enormous potential.
"JSP has a couple of important advantages that makes it stand out from
the crowd of competing technologies such as ASP, PHP, and Cold Fusion,"
says Hans Bergsten, author of the new book JavaServer
(O'Reilly, $39.95). "JSP is a specification, not a product. This means
vendors can compete with different implementations, leading to better
performance and quality. And JSP is an integral part of the Java subset
for server-side applications (J2EE). This makes it easy to integrate
JSP with other enterprise systems, such as databases, directory
servers, messaging and transaction services, and ensures that JSP
evolves in step with all the server-side technologies."
Pages shows how to develop Java-based web applications
without having to be a hard-core programmer. The author is one of the
authors of the JSP specification. He provides a thorough overview of
JSP concepts and discusses how JSP fits into the larger picture of web
applications. "JSP 1.1, with its introduction of portable tag
libraries, is the first version of the JSP specification that truly
allows for the holy grail of web applications: complete separation of
application logic and presentation," says Bergsten.
The JSP 1.1 specification was released late 1999, but compliant web
containers did not appear on the market in full force until the summer
and fall of 2000. Between the release of the specification and the
release of compliant products, a lot of the vague areas of the
specification have been clarified.
"There's an enormous interest in JSP right now," explains the author.
"Partly because JSP is an integral part of the J2EE platform that all
major commercial as well as open source application servers support.
J2EE has become the de facto standard for web applications, with the
result that JSP is part of the package for most of them."
Web page authors will benefit from the chapters on generating dynamic
content, handling session information, accessing databases,
authenticating users, and personalizing content. In the
programming-oriented chapters, Java programmers learn how to create
Java components and custom JSP tags for web authors to use in JSP
"This is a great book: it was written by a key contributor not only to
the JSP specification, but also to the JSP and Servlet reference
implementations. Filled with useful examples, it stands as an important
text in the adoption of JSP in the market"--Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart,
lead JSP Specification Engineer.
By Hans Bergsten
ISBN 1-56592-746-X, 572 pages, $39.95 (US)
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