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Tomcat: The Definitive Guide Paperback – Oct 23 2007
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About the Author
Jason Brittain is a Senior Principal Software Engineer for Orbital Sciences Corporation, working at NASA's Ames Research Center on theKepler Space Telescope mission (http://kepler.nasa.gov).
Jason is a co-author of Tomcat: The Definitive Guide, now in itssecond edition, and has written some web articles for O'Reilly'sOnJava.com web site.
Before joining the team on the Kepler mission, Jason was a SeniorSoftware Engineer at Symantec Corporation working on the BrightmailAntiSpam appliance product line's control center web application.
Jason's specialties include Java software development, Tomcat webapplication development and deployment, scalability and faulttolerance, and Apache Ant build systems, and Linux systemadministration. He has contributed to many Apache Jakarta projects,and has been an active open source software developer for severalyears.
Ian Darwin has worked in the computer industry for three decades: with Unix since 1980, Java since 1995, and OpenBSD since 1998. He wrote the freeware file(1) command used on Linux and BSD and is the author of "Checking C Programs" with "Lint and Java Cookbook" (both O'Reilly), as well as over 70 articles, in addition to university and commercial course material on C and Unix. Besides programming and consulting, Ian teaches Unix, C, and Java for Learning Tree International, one of the world's largest technical training companies.
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As concise and straightforward as the book is, it still takes on the more complex topics like Building Tomcat from Source, Tomcat Security, and Tomcat Clustering. But I imagine that, like me, you will end up permanently creasing the book binding on Chapter 7: Configuration Files and Their Elements. Especially if you actually end up setting up and running Tomcat.
In typical O'REILLY style the book is well organized and well written. It is not one of those technical books that require reading the same sentence three times just to understand its content. Instead the authors have an easy to read style that gracefully flows from topic to topic.
Thanks to the authors Jason Brittain and Ian F. Darwin and of course to O'REILLY for another worthy edition to my reference library.
This book is excellent as a reference for JSP developers as well (of course if you are doing JSP under Tomcat). It doesn't teach you how to do JSP. It does give you a good background for how your JSP pages are executed and how Tomcat reacts to requests.
Most material can probably be found in Tomcat's website itself, but this book still has good value for money. You might also want to look at Wrox' "Professional Apache Tomcat", which is equally good. For advanced users, you might want to check "How TOmcat Works" (download sample chapters from the publisher's site first because as I said this is not for beginners) that covers beyond configuration and administration.
Chapter-by-chapter the book presents new concepts accompanied by examples and descriptions for installing, configuring, and some debugging of the servlet engine. While the book tends to be Unix-centric, information for other Operating Environments is provided. Each successive chapter tends to expand on the previous chapter increasing the reader's knowledge along the way. It adequately serves as an introduction to Tomcat but it is also a good book to keep around as a technical administrative reference.
The book provides specific information on Tomcat interfaces and components through a "user guide" type format. For example, information is presented for Tomcat's setup, configuration files, environment variables, servlets and JSP's, JDBC, SSL and much more. What this book is not is a programmer guide but is a good how-to for programmers wanting to administer the server. Examples are provided for using and running Tomcat as a stand-alone web server.
In summary, this book is a success in explaining the relatively technical concepts of Tomcat and also provides very useful and relevant information about Tomcat features.
For instance, not a word on the many class loaders used by Tomcat, of which the one used for applications is named WebappClassLoader - my initial lack of understanding of this Tomcat idiosyncrasy has caused me a lot of trouble in the past, and this book would not have helped me.
I'm also missing the expected good advice on how to use the various directories in the Tomcat tree (common, shared) for storing common jar files.
The several ways in which a web application can be configured (with or without web.xml, with or without mapping) are described, but how a full URL will look like in each variation is left as an exercise for the reader.
I have just started to scratch the surface of development with Tomcat, and no doubt I will later on find much of value in this book, but so far I am not impressed.
Most recent customer reviews
while the book may be useful for getting started/familiar with tomcat for system administrator new to JSP/servlet containers, the coverage is very shallow. Read morePublished on March 5 2004
If you are a System Admin, and you want to learn how to effectively run and maintain a Tomcat web server, this is the book for you. Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2003 by Doug M
Tomcat: The Definitive Guide is a great book about the most commonly used open-source servlet/JSP container. Read morePublished on Sept. 6 2003 by Vinny Carpenter
Until I bought this book I had an agreement with Tomcat. Tomcat would serve my servlets like it was supposed to and I wouldn't try to pull any stunts. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2003 by Timothy E. McGuire
I just got this book saturday (it's now monday) and this book has already helped me solve two problems and clairify my Tomcat thinking. Read morePublished on July 7 2003 by Kip Perkins
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