Fast Track to Servlets/JSP on the JBoss Application Server Training

We offer private customized training for groups of 3 or more attendees.

Course Description


This course is a comprehensive tutorial in the design and programming of Java Web applications using servlets and JSP. It starts with Web application architecture, usage, and deployment. It teaches about the capabilities of servlets, servlet architecture, and session management, JSP structure and syntax, and good design techniques for using them. Extensive coverage is included on how to efficiently use the JSP Expression Language (EL), custom tags, and the JSTL library. The course is current with the latest releases of the specification, and uses the latest capabilities to write Web applications in the most efficient way possible. This includes the use of the JSP Expression Language directly in JSP 2.0+ Web pages, an overview of creating custom tags with tag files, and other new capabilities that make the framework much more user friendly. The complete course will give you excellent experience on how to build robust and capable Web applications using the latest features of the Java EE Web container.

Course Length: 3 Days
Course Tuition: $1290 (US)


Experience programming in Java.

Course Outline

Web Application Basics
How the Web works, Thin Clients,  TCP/IP
HTTP overview, Brief HTML review
Overview of J2EE
Web Applications - Structure and Contents
Servlet Basics and Capabilities
Basics of Writing a Servlet
Setup development environment and server; Create a simple web application
Create a Simple Servlet
Setting up and running JBoss AS
Servlet API
HTML Forms Review
HTTP Review: Request-response, headers, GET, POST
Overview: How Servlets Work
Servlet Lifecycle: init(), service(), destroy()
API: Servlet, ServletConfig, ServletRequest, ServletResponse, GenericServlet,
Requests and Responses - Using ServletRequest and ServletResponse
HTTP Servlets: HttpServlet, HttpServletRequest, HttpServletResponse
Accessing Parameters
More About web.xml
Using Client Input, Retrieving parameters
Additional Servlet Capabilities
Working with HttpServletResponse
Response Headers
MIME Types
Using ServletConfig and ServletContext
Init Parameters - Servlet and Web App
Error Handling: Error Pages and Their Configuration
Using Model Classes, Generating Simple Output
JavaServer Pages
Basics and Overview
JSP architecture
JSP tags and JSP expressions
Fixed Template Data
Lifecycle of a JSP
Model View Controller (MVC)
Java EE Model 2 Architecture : Servlet Controllers, JSP Views, JavaBeans Glue
Servlets as Controllers
Using RequestDispatcher
Forwarding and Including
Data Sharing in a Web App
Object scopes or "buckets"
Using JavaBeans to Hold Data
Using the Scope Objects - get/set/remove Attributes
Request, application, session and page scope
JSP Expression Language (EL) and Data Access
JSP EL Overview
JavaBeans and the EL
Predefined JSP EL implicit objects (pageContext, param, header, scope objects)
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jsp:include, jsp:forward, the page Directive
Create a Simple JSP Page
Put Data on a Scope and Forward to a JSP
Use the JSP Expression Language
Using Custom Tags
Custom tags overview
Reducing JSP complexity
Tag Libraries
Overview and TLD (Tag Library Descriptor)
taglib Directive - Using a Tag Library
c:out, c:forEach
c:url, c:param
Use c:forEach for Iteration
Working with Links and c:url
HTTP Session Tracking
HTTP Session Overview
HTTP as a stateless protocol
Hidden form fields
Overview and Servlet API
Using Cookies, Persistent and Session Cookies
Servlet/JSP Session Support, HttpSession
Using Sessions - Putting Data in, Retrieving Data From
How Sessions Work
Storing and Using Session Data
More JSP Capabilities
Error Pages
Error Pages and Exception Handling
The implicit exception Object
JSP 2.0+ Error Handling and errorData Object
Directives (page, include, others)
JSPs as XML Documents
Scriptlets - Overview and Usage
Using Error Pages
{optional} Using Scriptlets
More JSTL and EL
More About the JSTL
Core, Formatting, SQL, XML, Functions Libraries
Custom Tag Architecture and Tag Library Structure
c:if, c:choose, c:import
Formatting: formatNumber, formatDate, Resource Bundles
Using Common Tags
XML Action Example
More About the JSP EL
Syntax, Identifiers, Literals, Operators
Implicit Objects
The pageContext in Detail
Type Coercion
String concatenation
Using Common Tags
c:if, c:choose
fmt:formatDate, fmt:formatNumber
Using c:if, c:choose, c:when and c:otherwise to customize output
[Optional]: Using the Function Library
JSTL Format Tags
J2EE Security Overview
Role Based Security
Declarative Security
Web Authentication - Basic, Form-Based, Digest, HTTPS Client
Using Basic Authentication
Using Form-Based Authentication
Programmatic Security - HttpServletRequest, Retrieving Roles
Securing a Web App, Setting Up and Using a Security Domain
Additional Topics
Design Issues
Dividing Responsibilities Between Servlets/JSP
Network Overhead
Scalaibility - Clustering, Serving Static Content
Other Guidelines - Using the Technology Well
Custom Tags Using Tag Files
Overview and Writing Tag Files
Tag Attributes
The tag Directive
Servlet Filter overview
Filtering examples, lifecycle, & filter chains
Filter API, Modifying a request, Modifying a response
Java ServerFaces (JSF) Overview
Advanced MVC – JSF overview
JSF Components
Process Flow
Advantages and Disadvantages

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Java is Used For:
Android & IOS Development Software Products Video Games Desktop GUI's
Year Created

Most Commonly Used: 
According to Oracle, three billion devices run on Java.  And, because of its real-world applications, it consistently ranks at the top of the TIOBE Programming Community Index. 

Great Career Choice: 
Some of the fastest-growing salaries in the U.S. in 2018 are for Java developers.  (Glassdoor)  

Android Apps Development:
Developers predominatly use their Java skills in building apps for Google's Android. The Android platform is the number one mobile paltform in the world

It Can Run On Any Platform:
Java can compile on Windows and run the same compiled file on Linux, Windows and Mac.

Great Supporting IDE's:
Over the years, coding in Java has become simpler with the introduction of open source development tools, i.e. Eclipse and NetBeans that use Java capabilities for debugging.  


Uses a Lot of Memory:
Performance can be significantly slower with Java and more memory-consuming than natively compiled languages such as C or C++.

Difficulty in Learning: 
Learning Java can be a bit challenging if you are a beginner.  However, once you get the hang of Object Oriented Programming and a decent grasp of the syntax, you will be well on your way.

Slow Start Up Times:
There is quite a bit of one-time initialization done by JDK classes before compiling as well as loading classes and verification (making sure code doesn't do evil things, all of which takes longer that some other languages such as C. 

Verbose and Complex Code:
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Commercial License Cost:
Companies have to prepare for the changes that Oracle will institute in 2019 . Today, the current version of Java is free and available for redistribution for general purpose computing. However, If you are a DEVELOPER, Oracle recommends you review the roadmap information for Java SE 8 and beyond and take appropriate action depending on the type of application you develop and your distribution mode.

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