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Halfway Through Two Series

by Daniel H. Steinberg
ONJava Newsletter for 12/15/2003


We are halfway through two series on ONJava.com. In both cases the authors needed a little more room than usual to stretch and explore their topics. O'Reilly author Hans Bergsten is sharing nuggets from his soon-to-be-released book, titled "JavaServer Pages, 3rd Edition". He presents the features from the latest JSP spec in his series, "JSP 2.0: The New Deal". In Part 1, Hans focused on the Expression Language (EL) and the JSP Standard Tag Library (JSTL) and showed how using them would allow you to more easily reuse code. In Part 2 this week, he highlights improvements in error handling as well as new features in the deployment descriptor. One of my biggest takeaways was the advice to write TLV's (Tag Library Validators) and to use libraries that include them:

Our other series is an in-depth comparison of "Java vs. .Net Security" by Denis Piliptchouk. Denis is carefully evaluating each platform and the different ways in which they approach various security issues. In Part 1, he wrote about security configuration (Java is more configurable) and code containment (slight lead to .NET for more choices and ease of use). In Part 2, he covered cryptography (pretty even) and communication (each has their own advantages; no clear winner).

Let us know if there are any series-length topics you would like to see us cover,

Daniel H. Steinberg, Editor
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