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Press Release: April 6, 2001

O'Reilly Offers a Fresh Look At The Changing Landscape of Java Servlet Programming

Sebastopol, CA--"Since I wrote the first edition of this book, servlets and the server-side Java platform have grown in popularity beyond everyone's wildest expectations," writes Jason Hunter, author of Java Servlet Programming, Second Edition (O'Reilly, US $44.95). "The servlet world has changed over the last two and a half years, and Java Servlet Programming, 2nd Edition brings readers up-to-date."

The adoption of Java servlets has become pervasive. Servlets offer a fast, powerful, portable environment for creating dynamic web content. Web server vendors now offer servlet support as a standard feature. Not surprisingly, the servlet landscape looks somewhat different today than it did when the first edition went to print.

According to James Duncan Davidson, creator of Apache Tomcat and Ant, "Servlets have come a long way from their simple roots. There is more functionality than ever before. Jason Hunter explains all of their new capabilities and takes a fresh look at the core features that make the Servlet API so popular. This is the all-inclusive reference and how-to guide that you've been looking for."

Like the bestselling first edition, Java Servlet Programming, Second Edition, covers the servlet lifecycle; how to use servlets to maintain state information effortlessly; how to serve dynamic web content, including both HTML pages and multimedia data; and advanced topics like integrated session tracking, efficient database connectivity using JDBC, applet-servlet communication, internationalization, and more.

In addition, Hunter's book introduces JavaServer Pages (JSP), a new technology built on servlets, and explains how a servlet programmer can (and should) use JSPs. It also provides tutorials on several servlet-based content creation frameworks currently used in production sites, including WebMacro/Velocity, Tea, XMLC, and ECS.

This book was written for programmers interested in developing applications to be deployed on the Web. Java Servlet Programming covers everything needed to write effective servlets, including more than 100 servlet examples.

What the critics said about the first edition:

"Best of 2000", Dec 2000

"For a good primer to servlets, I recommend Java Servlet Programming by Jason Hunter, William Crawford and Paula Ferguson."
--Thomas E. Davis, Java World. June 20, 2000

Java Servlet Programming 1st Runner Up, Best Book 2000
--Java Developers Journal Readers' Choice Awards

"a single source from which to understand and practice servlet programming. The subject is explained clearly, and readers can find all the information they may need."
--Claudia Popescue, Computing Reviews, Sept.1999

"Five Stars. Probably the most popular programming book on Java Servlets. What makes this book so good is its breadth of content. If you already know Java and wish to use it to covert your CGI programs or create new ones, this book will put you well on your way to becoming a sought-after Java servlet developer."
--John Zukowski, JavaWorld, March 10, 2000

Online Resources:

Java Servlet Programming, 2nd Edition
By Jason Hunter with William Crawford
2nd Edition April 2001
ISBN 0-596-00040-5, 753 pages, $44.95 (US)

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