Programming Jakarta Struts, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: June 2004
Pages: 480

While the look and feel of an enterprise web application is certainly important, developers usually find themselves spending far too much time on the front-end presentation before they can get to coding the good stuff--the business logic at the heart of the program. Jakarta Struts addresses this issue by combining Java Servlets, Java ServerPages (JSP), custom tags, and messaging resources (like Java Message Service) into a unified, re-usable framework. The result is a cooperative, synergistic platform that's efficient and suitable for independent developers, large development teams, and everyone in between.

The Struts Framework has become a highly popular open source project, but there's still woefully little documentation on the technology. What does exist is far too basic and lacks critical information for developers like you writing today's complex web applications.

The revised and expanded Programming Jakarta Struts, 2nd Edition covers everything the successful earlier edition did--including an overview of the concepts involved in writing web applications; installation and configuration instructions for getting Struts up and running; a thorough discussion of how Struts implements the Model-View-Controller (MVC) design paradigm (known as the Model 2 approach) and how to interface with that pattern in your own applications; Logging, Validation, and Exception Handling with Struts; using Tiles; writing internationalization and localization code using Struts; and practical, real-world best practices for web applications--as well as plenty more: now fully up to date with Struts 1.1, this edition covers the latest material on tag libraries and the new JavaServerFaces (JSF) APIs and even includes all-new chapters on JSF, JSTL/EL, and security.

With each enterprise system he s developed, author Chuck Cavaness has spent many grueling hours learning invaluable lessons about Struts and figuring out the dos and the don'ts of building web applications. He saves you time and headaches by sharing that invaluable real-world experience here, with his realistic, practical, here's how to do it approach to using the Struts Framework to its fullest potential.

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excellent book inside struts

By David_Shen

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it makes me deeply understanding the Jakarta Struts--what,why and how the Struts framework become today's shape, thanks for the author's hard work, it help me great!

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A lot of theory, but not very practical


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Comments about oreilly Programming Jakarta Struts, 2nd Edition:

O'really it's usually pretty good in balancing the material presented in their books (theory/practice), but I was a bit dissapointed on Jakarta Struts (my expectetions were pretty high).

I find this is an excellent book to learn the guts of Struts, how it functions and why it does things a certain way... this would be very useful if you were to build Struts again.

However, from a practical point of view, is not a book you can go to for consultation on "how to use" Struts.

Specifically, I find it lacks a lot of information (and examples) on the Struts custom tag libraries. You cannot figure out how certain tags work, (most of them are not even discussed) It also left completly out the topic of indexed properties in ActionForms.

If you are (or will be) heavily involved in Java web programming using Struts, I recommend you borrow this book from somebody for a couple of days (quick browse), and then rely on the struts website for supporting information.

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Needlessly complex and disorganized.

By Greg

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Comments about oreilly Programming Jakarta Struts, 2nd Edition:

I've been very happy with other O'Reilly books purchased however this is not one of their best offerings. It fails the mark as a learning tool for Struts.

It would have been better if the author had started with a simple HelloWorld example and then explained each component of Struts within the context of this.

Instead the book is needlessly complex and disorganized in it's presentation of the material.

More thought needs to have been put into how to best present the information so it can be easily digested.

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Struts plug-in for Hibernate ?

By Satish

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Comments about oreilly Programming Jakarta Struts, 2nd Edition:

Definitely a must-have book for Struts. Very well presented.

I have been studying both the Banking and Storefront examples given in the book and available in the downloaded file, in detail and trying to work out these examples using JBoss 3.2.5, Struts 1.2, mySQL 4.0.18 and Hibernate 2.1

One place where the book lacks information is about writing the Hibernate plug-in for Struts to connect and access the data in a mySQL database. A detailed explanation on this with full code would have enhanced my learning experience.

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