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Part I Introduction

1.  Overview

2.  Using the Tutorial Examples

Part II The Web Tier

3.  Getting Started with Web Applications

Web Application Life Cycle

Web Modules

Packaging Web Modules

Deploying a WAR File

Setting the Context Root

Deploying a Packaged Web Module

Testing Deployed Web Modules

Listing Deployed Web Modules

Updating Web Modules

Updating a Packaged Web Module

Dynamic Reloading

Undeploying Web Modules

Configuring Web Applications

Mapping URLs to Web Components

Setting the Component Alias

Declaring Welcome Files

Setting Initialization Parameters

Mapping Errors to Error Screens

Declaring Resource References

Declaring a Reference to a Resource

Declaring a Reference to a Web Service

Duke's Bookstore Examples

Accessing Databases from Web Applications

Populating the Example Database

Creating a Data Source in the Application Server

Further Information about Web Applications

4.  Java Servlet Technology

5.  JavaServer Pages Technology

6.  JavaServer Pages Documents

7.  JavaServer Pages Standard Tag Library

8.  Custom Tags in JSP Pages

9.  Scripting in JSP Pages

10.  JavaServer Faces Technology

11.  Using JavaServer Faces Technology in JSP Pages

12.  Developing with JavaServer Faces Technology

13.  Creating Custom UI Components

14.  Configuring JavaServer Faces Applications

15.  Internationalizing and Localizing Web Applications

Part III Web Services

16.  Building Web Services with JAX-WS

17.  Binding between XML Schema and Java Classes

18.  Streaming API for XML

19.  SOAP with Attachments API for Java

Part IV Enterprise Beans

20.  Enterprise Beans

21.  Getting Started with Enterprise Beans

22.  Session Bean Examples

23.  A Message-Driven Bean Example

Part V Persistence

24.  Introduction to the Java Persistence API

25.  Persistence in the Web Tier

26.  Persistence in the EJB Tier

27.  The Java Persistence Query Language

Part VI Services

28.  Introduction to Security in the Java EE Platform

29.  Securing Java EE Applications

30.  Securing Web Applications

31.  The Java Message Service API

32.  Java EE Examples Using the JMS API

33.  Transactions

34.  Resource Connections

35.  Connector Architecture

Part VII Case Studies

36.  The Coffee Break Application

37.  The Duke's Bank Application

Part VIII Appendixes

A.  Java Encoding Schemes

B.  About the Authors



Web Applications

In the Java 2 platform, web components provide the dynamic extension capabilities for a web server. Web components are either Java servlets, JSP pages, or web service endpoints. The interaction between a web client and a web application is illustrated in Figure 3-1. The client sends an HTTP request to the web server. A web server that implements Java Servlet and JavaServer Pages technology converts the request into an HTTPServletRequest object. This object is delivered to a web component, which can interact with JavaBeans components or a database to generate dynamic content. The web component can then generate an HTTPServletResponse or it can pass the request to another web component. Eventually a web component generates a HTTPServletResponse object. The web server converts this object to an HTTP response and returns it to the client.

Figure 3-1 Java Web Application Request Handling

Diagram of web application request handling. Clients and web components communicate using HttpServletRequest and HttpServletResponse.

Servlets are Java programming language classes that dynamically process requests and construct responses. JSP pages are text-based documents that execute as servlets but allow a more natural approach to creating static content. Although servlets and JSP pages can be used interchangeably, each has its own strengths. Servlets are best suited for service-oriented applications (web service endpoints are implemented as servlets) and the control functions of a presentation-oriented application, such as dispatching requests and handling nontextual data. JSP pages are more appropriate for generating text-based markup such as HTML, Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), Wireless Markup Language (WML), and XML.

Since the introduction of Java Servlet and JSP technology, additional Java technologies and frameworks for building interactive web applications have been developed. Figure 3-2 illustrates these technologies and their relationships.

Figure 3-2 Java Web Application Technologies

Diagram of web application technologies. JavaServer Pages, the JSP Standard Tag Library, and JavaServer Faces rest on JavaServlet technology.

Notice that Java Servlet technology is the foundation of all the web application technologies, so you should familiarize yourself with the material in Chapter 4, Java Servlet Technology even if you do not intend to write servlets. Each technology adds a level of abstraction that makes web application prototyping and development faster and the web applications themselves more maintainable, scalable, and robust.

Web components are supported by the services of a runtime platform called a web container. A web container provides services such as request dispatching, security, concurrency, and life-cycle management. It also gives web components access to APIs such as naming, transactions, and email.

Certain aspects of web application behavior can be configured when the application is installed, or deployed, to the web container. The configuration information is maintained in a text file in XML format called a web application deployment descriptor (DD). A DD must conform to the schema described in the Java Servlet Specification.

This chapter gives a brief overview of the activities involved in developing web applications. First it summarizes the web application life cycle. Then it describes how to package and deploy very simple web applications on the Application Server. It moves on to configuring web applications and discusses how to specify the most commonly used configuration parameters. It then introduces an example, Duke’s Bookstore, which illustrates all the Java EE web-tier technologies, and describes how to set up the shared components of this example. Finally it discusses how to access databases from web applications and set up the database resources needed to run Duke’s Bookstore.