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.