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JSP: The Complete Reference, by Phil Hanna (Osborne)

 
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<pre>Author/s : Phil Hanna
Publisher : Osborne
Category : J2EE & Distributed Computing
Review by : Bill Bozeman - bartender, June 2001
Rating : 9 horseshoes
</pre>
Review : When reading a tech book, I like to look at 4 things.
1. The organization of the book.
2. The explanations
3. The code
4. The quality of the content

Let me just tell you right up front that JSP, the Complete Reference gets very high marks in all four categories. It was organized better than any JSP book I have read, and better than most technical books. The author, Phil Hanna, presents you with a case study that he builds throughout the book.
I generally like this approach but the whole message can get lost if the book is not well organized. That is not the care here. Mr. Hanna's explanation of each topic are excellent and he includes great code examples to back them up. When I was first learning Java I had to use two books: one with easy to follow explanations of items, Thinking In Java by Bruce Eckel, and one with great code examples, Beginning Java 2 by Ivor Horton. It is nice to find a book with both.

Finally, the content. I always try to buy books that I will use over and over and that will become my reference. Well that is definitely the case here. Mr. Hanna covers all the aspects of JSP, tag libraries, JSP and XML, JSP and JDBC, Servlets, and some setup basics i.e. the web.xml file.
This is the 3rd book I have read on JSP and it is by far the best.
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[This message has been edited by Johannes de Jong (edited December 05, 2001).]
 
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