CIT 597 Textbook and Resources
Fall 2009, David Matuszek


Murach's Java Servlets and JSP

Murach's Java Servlets and JSP, 2nd Edition
by Andrea Steelman, Joel Murach

Paperback: 758 pages
Publisher: Mike Murach & Associates
ISBN-10: 1890774448
ISBN-13: 978-1890774448
Price: $31.50 at Amazon

JavaScript: The Good Parts
JavaScript: The Good Parts
by Douglas Crockford

Paperback: 170 pages
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Inc. (September 1, 2009)
ISBN-10: 0596517742
ISBN-13: 978-0596517748
Price: $19.79 at Amazon

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Because CIT 597 covers so many different technologies, we also need a lot of different software for the course.

Firefox 3.5
Since we will be working on the Web, we need a browser. The main browsers in use today are Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Opera (see this page for a subjective view of the differences). We will use Firefox. We will not use IE. We'll also want some extensions, most importantly Web Developer 1.1.8 and jsenv.
Probably the "Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers" is best.
Tomcat 6
This server is required to run Java servlets. Good installation instructions can be found at
Ruby and Rails
I suppose we will use Aptana Studio for this, but I'm waiting to see if a better option comes along. I prefer the standalone version rather than the Eclipse plugin; the plugin is too much "in my face" when I'm doing other things, such as Java.
A good text editor
Notepad sucks. Make your life easier by getting and learning a decent text editor. Two of my favorites are Notepad++ (Windows only) and jEdit (platform independent), but many people like TextPad (Windows). On the Mac, TextWrangler is also popular. Lately, I've been using Komodo Edit (Windows, Mac, and Linux) quite a lot. All of these are free.

Web Resources

There are a large number of tutorials and "cheat sheets" available on the Web. Here are some of them; you should look for additional ones as needed.

W3 Schools
Short tutorials on just about everything. Highly recommended.
tizag Tutorials
Longer tutorials on a variety of topics.
HTML, CSS, PHP, and More Cheat Sheets
Cheat Sheet Roundup: Ajax, CSS, LaTeX, Ruby...
A Concise Introduction to JavaScript, Part I: The Core Language
My own attempt at summarizing the important parts of the JavaScript language.
A Concise Introduction to JavaScript, Part II: Client-side JavaScript
Additional JavaScript needed for writing DHTML pages.