Art of Java Web Development
Struts, Tapestry, Commons, Velocity, JUnit, Axis, Cocoon, InternetBeans, WebWork

Neal Ford

2003 | 624 pages | B&W
ISBN: 9781932394061

$44.95 Softbound print + PDF eBook
$35.99 eBook edition (PDF only)



A guide to the topics required for state of the art web development, this book covers wide-ranging topics, including a variety of web development frameworks and best practices. Beginning with coverage of the history of the architecture of web applications, highlighting the uses of the standard web API to create applications with increasingly sophisticated architectures, developers are led through a discussion on the development of industry accepted best practices for architecture.

Described is the history and evolution towards this architecture and the reasons that it is superior to previous efforts. Also provided is an overview of the most popular web application frameworks, covering their architecture and use. Numerous frameworks exist, but trying to evaluate them is difficult because their documentation stresses their advantages but hides their deficiencies. Here, the same application is built in six different frameworks, providing a way to perform an informed comparison. Also provided is an evaluation of the pros and cons of each framework to assist in making a decision or evaluating a framework on your own. Finally, best practices are covered, including sophisticated user interface techniques, intelligent caching and resource management, performance tuning, debugging, testing, and Web services.


"The Art of Web Development is one of the latest Manning books I've purchased and I was amazed how well the problem was explained. The same problem was solved at least 3 different ways so that the difficulties of each solution could be clearly seen. It wasn't until chapter 4 that the final solution was realized. This was an excellent way of making sure that the developer knew both what to do and WHY they were doing it that way. Excellent."
-- Joshua Smith, a Reader


Neal Ford is the chief technology officer at the DSW Group, Ltd. He is an architect, designer, and developer of applications, instructional materials, magazine articles, and video presentations and the author of Developing with Delphi: Object-Oriented Techniques and JBuilder 3 Unleashed. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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"Not only reviews the history of Java web development, but also presents a rare gem in the form of a comparison of six popular web development frameworks...It is refreshing to see a book break the mould and straddle itself comfortably on both sides of the traditional 'API or Best Practices'fence...a must-have book for anyone seeking to broaden their grasp of web development frameworks and advanced techniques employed to meet modern requirements."
-- The Author 2005, published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The British Computer Society

"I wish I had this book 3 years ago! ... this book goes a long way to shedding light on the issue. The process is simple: a web application (e-commerce website) is built using each of the frameworks ... enough said."

"The overall view of how to choose and then incorporate a framework into a well designed architecture makes the book a very worthwhile read."

"In The Art of Java Web Development, the history and reasoning of why one should use a web framework was good along with the concept of having a sample application reproduced in all of the reviewed frameworks. ...a book like this has been needed for quite sometime because it is nearly impossible for even the active consultant to stay current on all the latest frameworks and techniques in web development. By reading this book the reader will gain a broader knowledge of the choices in web frameworks they have today, and the tools for selecting the right framework for their project."

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Part I examples and libraries -- 18.7 MB
Part 2 examples and libraries -- 45.9 MB
Part 3 examples and libraries -- 47.9 MB

Complete examples and libraries -- 113 MB