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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Servlet & JSP Cookbook
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Bruce W. Perry
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very good bridge from theory to practical...

Target AudienceWeb developers who are looking for real-life examples of the use of servlets and JSP.
ContentsThis is a companion-type book that goes beyond strictly reference material to the use of different servlet and JSP features, along with working examples of code to illustrate the concepts.
The book is divided multiple chapters that each cover a different technique or function:
Writing Servlets and JSPs; Deploying Servlets and JSPs; Naming Your Servlets; Using Apache Ant; Altering the Format of JSPs; Dynamically Including Content In Servlets and JSPs; Handling Web Form Data in Servlets and JSPs; Uploading Files; Handling Exceptions in Web Applications; Reading And Setting Cookies; Session Tracking; Integrating JavaScript with Servlets And JSPs; Sending Non-HTML Content; Logging Messages from Servlets and JSPs; Authenticating Clients; Binding, Accessing, and Removing Attributes in Web Applications; Embedding Multimedia in JSPs; Working With The Client Request; Filtering Request and Responses; Managing Email In Servlets and JSPs; Accessing Databases; Using Custom Tag Libraries; Using The JSTL; Internationalization; Using JNDI and Enterprise JavaBeans; Harvesting Web Information; Using the Google and Amazon Web APIs
ReviewI really like the O'Reilly Cookbook series. I read a lot as part of my ongoing study, and often it's easy to understand conceptually what is going on. But making the jump to practical solutions can be difficult at times. The Cookbook series gets plenty of use on my bookshelf as I do my day to day coding. And when it comes to servlet and JSP coding as I continue to learn more about Websphere Application Server, this book will surely become dog-eared like the rest of them. Bruce Perry has done a great job.
As with most Cookbook titles, each chapter in the Servlet And JSP Cookbook is made up of a number of Problem/Solution/Discussion groupings. This format proposes a coding problem, states the solution to solve it, and then devotes the necessary space to discuss the solution both with text and code. By using this format, you can think through a working solution and determine how to apply that technique to your own problem. Perry covers a wide range of problems that will help both the beginner and the experienced coder. For beginners, the solutions for setting cookies with servlets and JSPs may be just what you need to get started. Experienced people will find the internationalization and JNDI/Enterprise JavaBeans solutions useful. I appreciate the fact that coders of all experience levels can get something out of this book.
The only caveat I have on this book is that it is very focused on the Tomcat and WebLogic web application servers. If that's your platform of choice, you're going to get everything this book has to offer. For me, I'm partial to the WebSphere platform. While I will benefit from a lot of this book, there are chapters that will have no appeal to me, such as using the Ant package. I will also need to pay attention to the coding examples to make sure that the techniques are coded correctly for my platform of choice. Even with that warning, I would still highly recommend this book to all coders working in this area.
ConclusionThis is definitely a title that will be useful to you as you learn more about servlet and JSP programming. It will give you the ideas you need to solve real business problems you'll encounter as a developer.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Perl (3rd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, Jon Orwant
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A masterpiece

Outdated now, of course, with the 3rd edition long out, and Perl 6 on the way. Nevertheless absolutely essential in its time.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java 2: The Complete Reference, Fifth Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Herbert Schildt
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Herbert Schildt is the Best

This is the best programming book I have ever read in my life. Period.I was a PROLOG programmer before reading this, but then as I read the book I fell in love with Java and switched to Java.Don't even hesitate to buy it.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Information Security Management Handbook, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Auerbach Publications
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Inconsistent and Occasionally Inaccurate

I recently took and passed the CISSP exam. I used this book along with the CISSP Prep Guide as my main references. I also used CISSP Exam Cram. The opinions expressed below are not a guide to what's on the exam - just general opinions about what I liked and disliked about the book. I enjoyed a number of sections in this book particularly the ones on Biometrics (ch 1), computer crime law (ch 30) and the principles of cryptography (ch 20). My favorite section was the one on forensics (ch 28) and I would really like to see a book from Mr Welch on this subject. The section on Kerberos (ch 21) was very detailed but also very dry and boring. It needs some more editing. The chapters on Single Sign-On (ch 2) and PKI (ch 22) were not very worthwhile. The section on risk management was much more informative than a similar section in the CISSP Prep Guide - but I think I would need a lot more training to be of any use in performing quantitative risk analysis. The index was sadly lacking and a glossary definately would have been nice. All in all this was a very worthwhile book and I would recommend it - particularly if you are preparing for the CISSP.