EC32 - Java EE Servlet Programming - 2 Days

Course Description

This course is targeted at the developer, already familiar with Java, looking to gain an in-depth knowledge of Server-side Java Programming. During the course the student will write many Servlets and JavaBeans that interact with HTTP clients and databases.<br />
This course includes Java EE 6 features relevant to the subjects covered.


The student should be familiar with Java Programming. They should have a good understanding of the basic Java language and the more commonly used Java API classes. This knowledge can be gained by attending courses EC21 and EC22.


This course provides students with the skills to write effective Java Servlets.
During the course the student will write many of these to ensure that the statements taught are fully understood and practical experience is gained.
On completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • understand and use Java Database Connectivity
  • use the JDBC API
  • code JDBC dynamic and prepared statements
  • process JDBC results sets
  • process JDBC NULL values
  • handle JDBC errors and warnings
  • understand and use transaction control
  • understand and use Isolation Levels
  • use JDBC connection pooling techniques
  • code servlets
  • process HTTP requests and responses
  • process GET and POST requests
  • process HTML forms
  • understand servlet multi-threading issues / pitfalls
  • adopt single threading techniques where appropriate
  • understand servlet chaining
  • use the Session Tracking API
  • understand hidden fields / URL rewriting techniques
  • set and read cookies
  • use the request dispatcher
  • write JavaBeans
  • use the WebSphere testing environment (if applicable)


Development will be performed using:

  • Eclipse
  • IntelliJ
  • NetBeans
  • JBuilder


For on-site courses (i.e. at your premises), we are more than happy to tailor the course agenda to suit your exact requirements. In many cases, we are able to build your in-house standards and naming conventions into the delivered course.

Course Details

Overview of Server side programming
Servlets, Java Server Pages, Web Servers, Java Beans
Model, View, Controller architecture

What is JDBC?
What alternatives are there? JDBC vs SQLJ
How does JDBC work?
JDBC Drivers and the JDBC API, Statements & Prepared Statements
Working with data
Accessing data - Working with Result Sets
Handling Warnings, Errors and NULL Values
Scalability Issues
Transaction Control and Isolation Levels
Configuring and using DataSources (using JNDI)

SQLJ Programming - Development Cycle using DB2
SQLJ Cursor Techniques

Servlet Overview
Servlet vs CGI Advantages
The Java Servlet API
Servlet Life Cycle
Multi-threading issues / pitfalls
What Servlets Are
Non-Http Servlets - Implementing the Servlet Interface
Non-Http Servlets - Extending the GenericServlet class
Http Servlets - Extending the HttpServlet class
What Servlets do
HTML Get and Post Requests & Catering for both
Getting data to Servlets - the HttpRequest Object
Sending HTML back to the client - the HttpResponse Object
Using the Data sent to a Servlet
Form Validation
Data Validation
Servlet Security
Servlets can invoke other servlets
Dispatching a Resource from within a Servlet

Servlets, JDBC and Connection Pooling
DataSource Definitions and Getting Database Connections via a DataSource

Variable Scope & Protection
Instance variables are shared!
Thread Safety - Synchronized Code
What is Request Scope?
Storing Objects for the lifetime of the Request
What is Session Scope?
Storing Objects for the lifetime of the Session
Session Tracking using Cookies, URL Rewriting, HiddenFields
Session Tracking API
Session Creation and Lookup, Storing and Retrieving Session API Information, Lifecycle, session tracking without Cookie support
Session Binding
What is Application Scope?
Sharing Data between different Servlets

Course Format

Practical sessions make up a large part of the course, allowing delegates to demonstrate and reinforce the lectures given.
Examples are used extensively, ranging from simple code 'snippets' to full applications with complete 'real world' functionality. These are supplied at the start of the course and it is encouraged that the delegates execute and 'experiment' with these under the instructor's guidance as they are introduced.
These examples are available to take away, along with the delegate's own work.
The comprehensive Student Guide supplied is fully indexed serving as a useful reference tool long after the course has finished. Delegates will also be able to access a free help-line with technical questions relating to topics covered on the course.

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