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From David Smith <>
Subject Re: Tomcat books (was Re: Tomcat and servlet the nightmare)
Date Tue, 07 Aug 2007 15:37:22 GMT
I have no doubt Tomcat: The Definitive Guide is very good although I 
would suspect it's targeted to the tomcat servlet container specifically 
rather than java servlets and jsp. 

At the point you are at, a book that targets java servlets and jsp is 
better than a book that target's tomcat.  And when looking at books on 
the subject, look specifically for the servet version they cover.  
Tomcat 5 and 5.5 are servlet spec 2.4 while Tomcat 6 is servlet spec 
2.5.  Given Servlet spec 2.4 and 2.5 are from the same JSR-154, you 
should see only minor differences in the API between the two.

Lastly, I think you should eventually read the servlet specification 
itself downloadable from  As a 
spec, it's not a bad read and can clear a lot of confusion.  I have it 
printed here in my office and constantly refer to it.

I don't personally have a favorite book as I've been using tomcat since 
version 3.3 and any recommendation I could give is horribly outdated.


Juergen Nickelsen wrote:

> David Smith wrote:
>> <rant mode="venting">I have to tell you guy, true nightmares exist in 
>> answering questions from people who obviously haven't made any 
>> attempt at learning the technology before throwing stuff together and 
>> asking questions.  Please do us a favor and get a recently written 
>> book on tomcat.</rant>
> What book(s) would you recommend? A fast-paced book that is not just a 
> gentle introduction, but covers a lot of details besides the general 
> principles would probably be best suited for me.
> I see there is an O'Reilly book (Tomcat. The Definitive Guide. By 
> Jason Brittain and Ian F. Darwin); most of theirs fit the above 
> description and are quite good, but there are exceptions. How about 
> this one?
> Regards, Juergen.
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