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Struts in Action: Building Web Applications with the Leading Java Framework

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A book by Ted Husted

"It doesn't just talk about how to configure and develop with Struts. It's a web application manifesto." --Slashdot.org    "The author's approach to making the reader a Struts expert is effective . . . Go from Struts beginner to Struts … see full wiki

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Author: Ted Husted
Publisher: Manning Publications
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Great Struts book!

  • Nov 3, 2003
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If you are working in the IBM Websphere area for web application development, you will often encounter references to the Struts architecture framework. IBM highly recommends this standard for Java application development for Websphere. And if you want to acquaint yourself with that framework, this is a good book to get you there.

The book starts out with a quick sample application that you can download so that you can see a representative Struts-style application. Most of the details are glossed over, but it's only temporary. It's followed by a chapter that goes into the architecture, explaining how it works and why the pieces fit together. From there, another simple application is developed, this time with more explanation as to what is going on. The rest of the book then goes into each part of the Struts framework, with copious code examples and illustrations.

The authors assume a fair amount of previous experience on the part of the reader. The assumption is that there is a familiarity with HTML, JSP syntax, JavaBean conventions, and similar technologies. The reader should also be familiar with URLs, web application archives (WAR files), and other concepts surrounding web application development. By assuming these pre-existing skills, the authors can spend more time and space on Struts information. So if you are just starting out in web application development in Java, you may struggle a bit with this information.

The authors also assume the use of Tomcat for the web application server. Since I'm working with IBM's Websphere Studio Application Developer (WSAD), I've had to make some mental adjustments on how to get things to work in that environment without the author's direct instruction. Because of this, I'd recommend that you be familiar with WSAD before using this book.

The style of the book is very readable, and the concepts are easy to grasp. You may have to read over the material a couple of times to get it, but that's not a fault of the writing. New technology and concepts can be difficult to grasp. Struts is no exception. I can say that I'm understanding the material more quickly than I expected, and that's always a good thing.

Conclusion
If you're looking to learn Struts, you would be well-served to get this book and dig in.

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