Comprehensive JSP Training

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This four-day course develops skills in JavaServer Pages, or JSP, which is the standard means of authoring dynamic content for Web applications under the Java Enterprise platform. It treats JSP 2.0, including older features such as scriptlets but focusing on newer features and techniques, including JSP expressions and the JSTL. At the end of the course, students will be well prepared to author JSPs for small- or large-scale Web applications, either "by hand" (they use only a text editor in class) or using an authoring tool.

The first module begins with an introduction of Web applications in general, shows how Java servlets and JSPs establish a framework for writing Web applications, and then covers JSP 2.0 features in detail, from scripting elements to use of dedicated JavaBeans to JSP expressions, and quick introductions of JSTL and custom tag development.

By the end of the module students will be able to create their own JSP applications, including interactive applications using HTML forms and pages that perform fairly complex processing using scripts and or actions. Although scripting is covered, the scriptless authoring style encouraged by the JSP 2.0 specification is emphasized, and students will be well equipped to develop concise and effective JSP applications.

The second module covers the JSTL, or JSP Standard Tag Library, actually a set of four custom tag libraries that establish a portable standard for common processing tasks in JSP. JSTL is a major part of the new scriptless authoring style encouraged (and enabled) by the JSP 2.0 specification. This module covers all four JSTL libraries in depth:

Each individual tag in each library is covered, with precise syntactic rules shown in a standard format in the student guide, and JSTL techniques and best practices are discussed for each library. An extensive set of example applications illustrates common usage of each major group of actions, and the module culminates with a wrap-up workshop that brings core, SQL, and XML techniques to bear in a single application.

  1. Web Applications
    1. The World Wide Web
    2. HTML
    3. Web Servers
    4. HTTP
    5. Dynamic Web Pages
    6. CGI
    7. Java Web Technologies
    8. Servlets
    9. JSP
  2. JSP Architecture
    1. JSP Containers
    2. Servlet Architecture
    3. Page Translation
    4. Types of JSP Content
    5. Directives
    6. Content Type
    7. Buffering
    8. Scripting Elements
    9. JSP Expressions
    10. Standard Actions
    11. Custom Actions and JSTL
    12. Objects and Scopes
    13. Implicit Objects
    14. JSP Lifecycle
  3. Scripting Elements
    1. Translation of Template Content
    2. Scriptlets
    3. Expressions
    4. Declarations
    5. Dos and Don'ts
    6. Implicit Objects for Scriptlets
    7. The request Object
    8. The response Object
    9. The out Object
  4. Interactive JSP Applications
    1. HTML Forms
    2. Reading CGI Parameters
    3. JSPs and Java Classes
    4. Error Handling
    5. Session Management
    6. The Session API
    7. Cookies and JSP
  5. Using JavaBeans
    1. Separating Presentation and Business Logic
    2. JSP Actions
    3. JavaBeans
    4. Working with Properties
    5. <jsp:useBean>
    6. <jsp:getProperty> and <jsp:setProperty>
    7. Using Form Parameters with Beans
    8. Objects and Scopes
    9. Working with Vectors
  6. The Expression Language and the JSTL
    1. Going Scriptless
    2. The JSP Expression Language
    3. EL Syntax
    4. Type Coercion
    5. Error Handling
    6. Implicit Objects for EL
    7. The JSP Standard Tag Library
    8. Role of JSTL
    9. The Core Actions
    10. Using Beans with JSTL
    11. The Formatting Actions
    12. Scripts vs. EL/JSTL
  7. Advanced JSP Features
    1. Web Components
    2. Forwarding
    3. Inclusion
    4. Passing Parameters
    5. Custom Tag Libraries
    6. Tag Library Architecture
    7. Implementing in Java or JSP
    8. Threads
    9. Strategies for Thread Safety
    10. XML and JSP
    11. JSP for Web Services
  8. JSTL Overview
    1. The JSP Standard Tag Library
    2. The JSP Expression Language
    3. EL Syntax
    4. Type Coercion
    5. Error Handling
    6. Implicit Objects for EL
    7. JSTL Namespaces
    8. Using JSTL in a Page
    9. The Core Actions
    10. Going Scriptless
    11. Object Instantiation
    12. Sharing Objects
    13. Decomposition
    14. Parameterization
  9. The Core Actions
    1. The JSTL Core Library
    2. <c:out>
    3. <c:set>
    4. Gotchas
    5. Conditional Processing
    6. Iterative Processing
    7. Iterating Over Maps
    8. Tokenizing Strings
    9. Catching Exceptions
    10. Resource Access
  10. The Formatting and i18n Actions
    1. The JSTL Formatting Library
    2. Locales
    3. Determining Locale
    4. Time Zones
    5. Setting Locale and Time Zone
    6. Formatting and Parsing Dates
    7. Formatting and Parsing Numbers
    8. Internationalization
    9. Working with Resource Bundles
    10. Supporting Multiple Languages
  11. The SQL Actions
    1. The JSTL SQL Library
    2. Using Relational Data
    3. Connecting with a DriverManager
    4. Connecting via a DataSource
    5. The Result Interface
    6. Making a Query
    7. Inserts, Updates and Deletes
    8. Parameterized SQL
    9. Transactions
  12. The XML Actions
    1. The JSTL XML Library
    2. Using XML
    3. XML Data Sources
    4. Parsing and Addressing
    5. Using XPath in JSTL
    6. XPath vs. EL
    7. XPath Context
    8. Implicit Objects for XPath
    9. Conditional Processing
    10. Iterative Processing
    11. Changing XPath Context
    12. Working with XML Namespaces
    13. Using XSLT
    14. Chaining Transformations
    15. Reading XML from the Request Body
    16. XML and SOAP Web Services

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