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JSP developers have been waiting for something like the Java Standard Tag Library for a long time. JSTL gives them standardized, simplified, prefabricated solutions for a broad cross-section of the most common web development tasks -- so they can stop reinventing wheel and focus their efforts where they can add the greatest value. In Core JSTL, David Geary systematically illuminates every facet of JSTL.
Geary starts by introducing JSTL’s powerful custom tags for iteration, accessing URLs, database access, internationalization, and working with XML documents. Developers can use these tags to develop sites and applications more quickly; non-developers can use them to provide encapsulated functionality without new programming. (Geary also walks through creating your own custom tags, which can be used just like those included with JSTL.)
Geary also introduces JSTL’s powerful expression language, showing how JSTL expressions will provide easy access to the data web developers constantly need: request parameters and attributes, cookies, HTML headers, and so forth.
Geary is a member of the expert group that developed it; he writes JavaWorld’s "Java Design Patterns" column; and he even helped develop Sun’s original Java APIs. So it’s no wonder this book turned out to be as definitive as it is. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.