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Arun Subramanian
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I use the 2nd edition of your JSP book as my JSP reference and really like it (I specially use the appendices a lot). Is there any difference in the way the 3rd edition is written (composed) besides the inclusion of the new topics from the JSP 2.0 specs.
Also, my understanding of JSTL is that a majority of the commonly used tags that developers had to write themselves before are now available as part of JSTL. Is that correct? Could you give any examples? And how does EL help us in writing JSP code better? Again, an example would be great.
Thanks,
Arun.
 
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Originally posted by Arun Subramanian:
Hans-
I use the 2nd edition of your JSP book as my JSP reference and really like it (I specially use the appendices a lot). Is there any difference in the way the 3rd edition is written (composed) besides the inclusion of the new topics from the JSP 2.0 specs.
Also, my understanding of JSTL is that a majority of the commonly used tags that developers had to write themselves before are now available as part of JSTL. Is that correct? Could you give any examples? And how does EL help us in writing JSP code better? Again, an example would be great.
Thanks,
Arun.

Arun,
The 3rd edition is structured the same as the 2nd edition, but updated to cover JSP 2.0 and JSTL 1.1. Some changes are reflected as updated examples and descriptions from the 2nd edition (e.g., using the new JSP EL functions and EL expressions directly in template text), for others I've created new chapters (e.g., to describe the new tag file feature).
Your understanding of JSTL is spot on. JSP 2.0 also integrates the EL first developed as part of JSTL 1.0, so that it can be used for attribute values in any custom tag library and also directly in the template text.
The differences between the 2nd and 3rd edition are also described on my web site for the book:
http://www.thejspbook.com/faq/details.jsp?id=1024
 
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