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Apache Jakarta and Beyond: A Java Programmer’s Introduction by Larne Pekowsky

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Chapter 18. The Standard Tag Library

Chapter 17 covered what might be considered the outer layers of Tomcat. These included issues related to the way Tomcat offers and secures incoming requests, as well as how Tomcat can make global resources available to individual Web applications.

There is another view of Tomcat from the inner layers: the APIs and data structures that Tomcat offers to developers of Web applications. The most important of these APIs are the Servlet 2.4 and JavaServer Pages 2.0 specification. These APIs are large and complex, and covering them in full would require an entire book on each.

One of the most important features of JSP is the ability to create tags, code that may be invoked from pages using an HTML-like syntax. Such ...

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