If you can answer “yes” to all of these:
Do you know how to program in Java (you don’t need to be a guru)?
Do you like to tinker – do you learn by doing, rather than just reading? Do you want to learn, understand, and remember servlets and JSPs, and pass the SCWCD for Java EE 1.5 exam?
Do you prefer stimulating dinner party conversation to dry, dull, academic lectures?
this book is for you.
If you can answer “yes” to any of these:
Are you completely new to Java? You don’t need to be an advanced programmer, but if you don’t have any experience, go pick up a copy of Head First Java, right now, and then come back to this book.
Are you a kick-butt Java programmer looking for a reference book?
Are you a Java EE veteran looking for ultra-advanced server techniques, server-specific how-to’s, enterprise architecture, and complex, robust, real-world code?
Are you afraid to try something different? Would you rather have a root canal than mix stripes with plaid? Do you believe that a technical book can’t be serious if Java components are anthropomorphized?
this book is not for you.