Best books to learn Servlets and JSP for Java developers

Best books to learn Servlets and JSP for Java developers

Java Servlet is the foundation for all Java frameworks like Spring MVC, JSF, Struts etc. Without a solid understanding of Servlets, it is difficult to work on these frameworks. JavaServer Pages (JSP) is a technology that helps to create dynamically generated web pages based on HTML, XML, or other document types.

Architecturally, JSP may be viewed as a high-level abstraction of Java servlets. JSPs are translated into servlets at runtime; each JSP servlet is cached and re-used until the original JSP is modified.

JSP can be used independently or as the view component of a server-side model–view–controller design, normally with JavaBeans as the model and Java servlets (or a framework such as Apache Struts) as the controller. This is a type of Model 2 architecture as shown below.

servlet and jsp

In this post we will discuss best books to learn Servlets and JSP for Java developers.

1. Head First Servlets & JSP

Learn how to write servlets and JSPs, what makes a web container tick (and what ticks it off), how to use JSP’s Expression Language (EL for short), and how to write deployment descriptors for your web applications.

Head First Servlets and JSP doesn’t just give you a bunch of facts to memorize; it drives knowledge straight into your brain. You’ll interact with servlets and JSPs in ways that help you learn quickly and deeply. And when you’re through with the book, you can take a brand-new mock exam, created specifically to simulate the real test-taking experience.

Head First Servlets and JSP

2. Murach’s Java Servlets and JSP (3rd Edition)

This book is for anyone who wants to develop professional websites using Java servlets and JSPs. The only prerequisite is a basic understanding of the Java programming language but you don’t need any web programming experience at all. This book takes you through a well-structured learning journey of JSP, Servlets, and related technologies such as Netbeans, Tomcat and MySQL for developing complete web apps.

murach's-java-servlets-and-jsp

3. Java Servlet programming by Jason Hunter

Java Servlet Programming covers everything Java developers need to know to write effective servlets. It explains the servlet lifecycle, showing how to use servlets to maintain state information effortlessly. It also describes how to serve dynamic web content, including both HTML pages and multimedia data, and explores more advanced topics like integrated session tracking, efficient database connectivity using JDBC, applet-servlet communicaton, interservlet communication, and internationalization.

Readers can use the book’s numerous real-world examples as the basis for their own servlets.

Java servlet programming by Jason Hunter

4. Inside Servlets : Server side programming for Java platform by Dustin R. Callaway

A great book for novice web developers, Inside Servlets( 2nd Edition ) is a well written Servlet development guide. As the publisher’s web site says, it is an excellent resource for “programmers and consultants who desire to learn Web development fundamentals in addition to server-side Java programming. Much of this audience likely consists of current client/server programmers.” The chapters are categorized into three major sections – Introduction to Web development, Introduction to Servlets and Advanced Servlet concepts.

Server side programming for Java platform by Dustin R. Callaway

5. JDBC, Servlets, And JSP Black Book, New Edition

This is a unique book for self learning and getting expertization in java database and Web technologies as JDBC, Servlet, JSP, JSTL and JSF. This book is not only useful for self updating readers but also useful for the readers who already known the concepts and get more indept knowledge on the topic this book is titled. This book gives complete information on the JDBC, Servlet, JSP and JSTL technologies and presents the information in a simple to learn approach.

JSP Sevlet and JDBC blackbook

6. Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages By Marty Hall

Marty Hall’s Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages was the number 1 servlet/JSP book in 2000 — helping over 100,000 Java developers master the power of Java server-side programming to Web-enable an extraordinary range of applications. Now, Hall takes the next step, bringing together even more powerful servlet/JSP techniques. The second edition of Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages provides a complete introduction to the technology, completely updated for JSP 2.0, servlets 2.4, the JSP Standard Tag Library (JSTL), and Java 1.4. This book serves both beginning and advanced developers.

For beginning servlet and JSP developers, the book provides clear step-by-step coverage of the basic topics. For programmers already experienced with servlet and JSP technology, the book provides in-depth discussion of advanced topics, complete coverage of newly introduced capabilities, and practical design strategies. J2EE technology is the leading technology for building Web applications and services, and servlet and JSP technology is the heart of the J2EE platform. Servlets and JSP are the most popular way to build Web applications: every Java and Web developer needs to know this. JSP 2.0 will fundamentally change how servlet and JSP technology is used, so even experienced developers need to read this book!

Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages By Marty Hall

That’s all about best books to learn Servlets and JSP for beginners and also for experienced Java developers. If you know any other good book, post it in the comments section.

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4 comments
  1. Thank you for the imformation, I liked the article about best books for learn succesfull JSP.
    I would like to be learn Jps and this is books are very useful. 🙂

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