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XML, XSLT, Java, and JSP: A Case Study in Developing a Web Application
by Westy Rockwell

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  • Paperback: 768 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.64 x 8.98 x 7.06
  • Publisher: New Riders Press; Bk&CD-Rom edition (July 19, 2001)
  • ASIN: 0735710899
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars Based on 12 reviews.
  • Sales Rank in Books: #457,595
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It is our vision to bring you the Voices That Matter with our publishing and Westy's book is certainly in that realm. He's passionate about his work and has something of value to say and it shows through in his book. He's a voice of value! We here at New Riders have worked hard to bring you something useful and helpful in your search to learn more about web development. As always, we want to hear what you have to say about the book so please feel free to contact us directly at

-New Riders Publishing

From the Author
My book does not replace others, it extends them. It has a dual purpose. As a "field guide", it links you to crucial web resources, where you deepen your comprehension, or acquire basic theory, about XML, XSLT, Java Servlets and Applets, and JSP. As a "laboratory manual", it takes you into hands-on mode, co-developing a web chat project applying all these technologies. After helping you set up the "laboratory", and teaching you to use its "equipment", I introduce the project design and...
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Book Description
As a Web Developer, you know the challenge of building robust applications on multiple platforms. Creating truly portable applications becomes possible by using Java for code and XML for organizing and managing data. "XML, XSLT, Java, and JSP:A Case Study" will help you maximize the capabilities of XML, XSLT, Java, and JSP in your Web applications.

The author, Westy Rockwell, uses the hands-on approach of a case study to show you how to use these technologies in realistically complex situations. All the tools used in the case study are free, so you can obtain them and join the author in a real open source web chat application, available online and with the book CD-ROM. This book provides you with the information you need to fully utilize XML, XSLT, Java, and JSP in your web applications, and presents it in a practical and unique way through the case study.

With "XML, XSLT, Java, and JSP: A Case Study," you will learn how to:

-Build web applications based on XML, XSLT, Java Applets, Java Servlets and Java Server Pages

-Set up a Win32 Web application development environment based on the Java(TM) 2 SDK and freely obtainable, open-source software products from Apache Software Foundation: Tomcat, Xerces and Xalan
(*Note all of these items are located on the CD-ROM attached with the book so you don't have to take the time to download)

-Use XML as a language to express the architecture and design of the application itself, not just its data content

-Create a browseable user interface for your web application with JSP

-Use an Http Servlet, beans, and JSP custom tags to implement and control Web applications

-Make and deploy a Java Applet to control and refresh your Web application user interface

-Utilize Xerces and Xalan for XML and XSLT, to provide dynamic content to a Web application.

-Experiment with new techniques for XML storage using Java objects

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful:

4 out of 5 stars For some people a unique must have book, June 18, 2002
Reviewer:   Greg Power (St Ives, CAMBS United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This book is a case study of a project using a combination of two of the hottest technologies around for delivering interactive web applications: XSLT and JSP Tags. It is not a text book. It is hard to give it a star rating because it is not particularly well written (the author is a better programmer than writer in my opinion) however the content is unique and will be of particular interest to those wanting to use both JSP and XSLT technologies to separate web page content from application code and data.

There are many books on JSPs but they tend to have minimal content on XSLT beyond how to set up a basic custom tag to drive an XSLT processor. Likewise there are many titles dealing with XSLT that have little detail on how to intergrate XSLT processing into a JSP based application. This book deals with how they can work together which is why I describe it as unique.

Another big plus for this book is that the content is non-trivial and discusses a real problem, not made up easy-peazy ones designed to show off this or that feature of the XML, XSL or JSP specifications.

The source code for the case study looks experimental becasue it is experimental. Mr Rockwell makes it quite clear that much of it is marked down for revision, as it should be in an iterative development process. It is not always easy to follow, but once you get into it you can see exactly what he's trying to do and there are some genuine nuggets in there which you won't find anywhere else.

In summary, if you want to use both XSLT and JSP custome tags in your web applications and you are trying to figure out how to do it, you should consider investing in this.

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful:

1 out of 5 stars Not recommended, September 24, 2002
Reviewer:   Rick Martin (New Zealand) - See all my reviews
Although the author patently knows his onions, it seems he hasn't a great deal of experience in conveying that information.

In my opinion, if you just want to see an example of web app creation and get a few (great) ideas, then yes, buy the book.

But if you want to figure out how to configure Tomcat, etc, in preparation for a new development, then look elsewhere.

The book spends a lot of its time telling the reader that what they need to know is either out of the scope (detailed descriptions of web.xml and server.xml are out of scope?!) or that they should look on some other (somtimes unreachable) webpage.

For example, how do you tell Tomcat where to find your compiled classes? I would first try looking in the index for setting the Tomcat CLASSPATH.

The index has one entry for classpath and what does it tell me on page 17?

"If you are looking for some clarity regarding which, if any, setting for the CLASSPATH environment you should use, we can think of no better place for you to find answers than ...

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful:

4 out of 5 stars For Serious Developers, April 26, 2002
Reviewer:   "hpractv" (Salt Lake City, UT) - See all my reviews
I've found that this book goes in a lot of depth on a host of topics. I wouldn't recommend it for someone who is just starting out, because the topcs are pretty advanced, but for those who are looking a for a depth of study, this is definitely the way go to. It covers each topic in detail, with a realtive amount of background that helps cover the topic completely.

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3 out of 5 stars A True Case Study, November 21, 2001
Reviewer:   R. Brunner (South Pasadena, CA United States) - See all my reviews
Having seen the other reviews, I was curious about this book. In short, the title does say it all, as the author presents a nice case study of how HE used XML, XSLT, Java and JSP to develop a Web application. As such, there is not a lot of discussion introducing these technologies - that is not the point of a case study. Instead, the reader is introduced to how the author explored the use of these technologies to building a specific application.

In this light, the book provides a very interesting perspective. The primary reason I have for not rating it higher is that the technology is slightly out of date (given the publication date), especially with respect to XSLT and JSP, but this is hardly surprising given how rapidly these technologies evolve. If you want to learn about these technologies, look elsewhere. If you want an insight into how one developer built a web application, however, you should check this book out, you might be surprised.

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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful:

5 out of 5 stars Recommended for all web application developers, November 11, 2001
Reviewer:   Midwest Book Review (Oregon, WI USA) - See all my reviews
Westy Rockwell's XML, XSLT, Java, and JSP is a practical, user frienedly, hands-on experience in building web applications based on XML and Java technologies. XML, XSLT, Java, and JSP's unique format takes the reader through the process of building a web chat project, using the extremely popular open-source tools from the Apache Software Foundation, namely Jakarta Tomcat, Apache Xerces and Apache Xalan. In addition, XML, XSLT, Java, and JSP provides the user with some invaluable, new and provocative techniques for XML storage using Java objects. XML, XSLT, Java, and JSP is strongly recommended for all web application developers! 768 pp.

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