CHAPTER 5

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Understanding Views

The topic of view technologies for web applications in the open source world appears to be rather popular, at least if the seemingly endless number of them available for Java is any indication. There always seems to be a newer, better one to learn if you grow tired of the incumbent JSP. JSP, however, remains the most popular view technology produced by Sun to compete with Microsoft’s Active Server Pages (ASP), JSP has become the industry standard, and there is a high level of developer knowledge surrounding JSP.

JSP allows developers to mix a traditional markup language such as HTML with bits of Java code (called ...

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