Head First Java was the most fun you can have learning Java from a book -- and like no other programming book you’ve ever seen. Now the same crew has written a book on JSP and servlets that also preps you for Sun’s newly toughened Certified Web Component Development Exam. It oughta be illegal to laugh this much while you’re studying.
We could admire the witty photo captions, praise the “There Are No Dumb Questions” sections, mention the hand-annotated code examples and diagrams that explain exactly what’s going on where, and why. But the remarkable thing about this book is: It all hangs together. Everything builds on what’s come before. By the time you’re done, you’ll really be comfortable with servlets, JSP, even JSTL. The fun has been carefully crafted to make sure of it, and it works. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.