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Tomcat Kick Start
     

Tomcat Kick Start

by Martin Bond, Debbie Law
 

Apache Jakarta Tomcat is a Java application server, the open-source equivalent to BEA's WebLogic Server. It's also the official reference implementation for Sun's JSP and Servlet technologies. As the official implementation, millions of Java developers learning JSP need instruction and practical advice about Tomcat. However, there are currently few books and

Overview

Apache Jakarta Tomcat is a Java application server, the open-source equivalent to BEA's WebLogic Server. It's also the official reference implementation for Sun's JSP and Servlet technologies. As the official implementation, millions of Java developers learning JSP need instruction and practical advice about Tomcat. However, there are currently few books and limited online resources to explain the nuances of JSP development using Tomcat.

Tomcat covers Tomcat 4.0.3 and 4.1, the latest versions developed for the current JSP and Servlet specifications. The book starts with the essentials of JSP and Servlets, then explains how to install and administer the Tomcat server. Further chapters discuss how Tomcat enhances application development with tag libraries, error logging, filters and valves, and more. It includes the use of the popular Apache Struts framework and Apache Axis XML processor. Later chapters explain advanced concepts such as Tomcat security and integrating Tomcat into larger J2EE applications.

From our reviewers: "This book is immediately applicable, it doesn't waste time. It's hard to digest the many topics that are rolled into Tomcat. But the authors provide a concise treatment that doesn't get bogged down in details. The chapters are like Lego blocks on each topic that developers can use to build applications. The book is a good balance of theory and practice that will quickly get you up to speed."

-Robert Herrmann, Committer, Tomcat Project

Editorial Reviews

The Barnes & Noble Review
Tomcat’s online reference materials aren’t bad, but few open source tools are as desperately in need of a quality tutorial. Tomcat Kick Start gently walks you through every stage of Tomcat development, deployment, and administration -- with plenty of examples, and plenty of help on troubleshooting and performance optimization.

You’ll start with an overview of JSP and servlet technology, Tomcat’s evolution through release 4.1, and installation under Unix, Linux, and Windows. Next, the authors introduce the basic principles of HTTP and JSP/servlets programming you must know to get started. (You’ll need some experience administering servers and coding with Java, but you needn’t be a world-class expert).

Step by step, the authors show how to write JSP and servlet-based web applications capable of interacting with their environments. They cover session tracking, JDBC databases and J2EE data sources, custom tags, the new JSTL, error handling, logging, access control, and more. There are detailed, chapter-length introductions to administering Tomcat in live environments and to Tomcat configuration -- from changing port numbers to maximizing performance.

Part III delivers advanced information for building and deploying production-quality applications. You’ll find introductions to architecture, servlet filters and Tomcat’s proprietary valves, the essential Jakarta Struts framework, SSL security, and key J2EE features like JNDI and JavaMail. The book closes with a taste of Tomcat web services development with Jakarta Axis, the latest incarnation of Apache SOAP. Well rounded, well focused, and above all useful, Tomcat Kick Start will give you all the skills and confidence you need to develop for -- and manage -- Tomcat. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780672324390
Publisher:
Sams
Publication date:
11/01/2002
Series:
Kick Start Series
Pages:
530
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

The authors of this book work for Content Master Ltd., a technical authoring company in the United Kingdom specializing in the production of training and educational materials. For more information on Content Master, see its Web site at http://www.contentmaster.com. Previously, the authors contributed to Sams Teach Yourself J2EE in 21 Days (Sams, 2002).

Martin Bond, B.Sc., M.Sc., C.Eng., M.B.C.S., was born in Blackburn, England, in 1958, has honours and master's degrees in computer science, is a European Chartered Engineer, and has been working as a senior technologist for Content Master Ltd. for more than a year. After leaving university, Martin led an R&D team developing parallel processing compilers for the occam language, later moving into open systems software design and development working with Unix, C, C++, Oracle, and Windows NT. Since 1995, he has worked primarily as a trainer, course writer, and technical author specialising in Unix, C, C++, Java, and software design. He has written training courses on Unix, XML, Java, and Solaris Security and coauthored a book on J2EE. Martin currently lives on a smallholding in Cornwall, England.

Debbie Law, B.Sc., was born in Romsey, England, in 1959. Debbie started her career working on compiler development for parallel processing systems and later worked on the design and development of client/server applications. Debbie, also a senior technologist for Content Master Ltd., writes books, training material, and technical papers to pay the bills and maintains part of the Web site of a major UK charity for fun. She has an honours degree in computer science from Southampton University, England and currently lives on a smallholding in Cornwall, England.

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