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Here are my picks for the best books that cover the Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE). If you have a book to recommend, please email me.

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Advanced JavaServer Pages
D. M. Geary
Prentice-Hall, 2001

In this book, David Geary—famous for his exhaustively researched tomes about Java's GUI capabilities—turns to the server side. Books such as Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages (see below) cover the fundamentals of JavaServer Pages (JSP), which support the dynamic creation of Web pages. Geary, however, assumes that the reader already knows the basics of JSP and is ready to become an expert.

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Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages, Volume 1: Core Technologies, Second Edition
M. Hall and L. Brown
Prentice-Hall, 2003

Interested in Java on the server side? This book will quickly bring you up to speed on servlets and JavaServer Pages.

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More Servlets and JavaServer Pages
M. Hall
Prentice-Hall, 2002

A good way to build on the foundation provided by Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages, this book covers the latest custom and standard tag libraries.

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Enterprise JavaBeans, Third Edition
R. Monson-Haefel
O'Reilly, 2002

Server-side Java is hot, and there's no better introduction to Enterprise JavaBeans than this book.

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Mastering Enterprise JavaBeans, Second Edition
E. Roman, S. Ambler, and T. Jewell
Wiley, 2002

An alternative to Monson-Haefel, this book also covers Enterprise JavaBeans from the beginning.

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Bitter Java
B. A. Tate
Manning, 2002

Not as downbeat as title suggests, this book explains common mistakes made when writing server-side Java applications. A good book for someone who has mastered the basics of J2EE and wants to move to the next level.

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Bitter EJB
B. Tate, M. Clark, B. Lee, and P. Linskey
Manning, 2003

This sequel to Bitter Java focuses on the use (and misuse) of Enterprise Java Beans.

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