Introduction

In early 1996, I started using the Java programming language for the majority of my software development work. I did some CGI programming and even worked a little with the early servlet versions, but for the most part I did desktop and client-side applications. Over the last couple of years, however, there has been a growing emphasis on server-side applications, so I became more serious about servlets and JavaServer Pages. In the past year, there has been a virtual stampede toward the technology among developers, server vendors, and the authors of the Java platform specifications. So much so, in fact, that the technology is rapidly becoming the standard tool for building dynamic Web sites and connecting Web front ends to databases ...

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