Struts 1, the venerable Java MVC Web framework, has reached End Of Life status, the Apache foundation has announced. In a sense, the move simply formalises what has already happened, as the Struts team have focused their efforts on version 2; the last release of Struts 1 was in December 2008. The change of status does mean that no further security patches or bug fixes will be issued.
A CAST report discloses that JEE enterprise software has lower quality when using Spring or Struts than using just Hibernate. Also, the quality degrades when Java is mixed with C or C++.
InfoQ's research initiative continues with an 10th question: "Top 20 Web Frameworks for the JVM". This is a new service we hope will provide you with up-to-date & bias-free community-based insight into trends & behaviors that affect enterprise software development. Unlike traditional vendor/analyst-based research, our research is based on answers provided by YOU.
The latest version of the Struts2 framework, version 2.1, has just been released. This release marks a significant upgrade, with changes being focused on refactoring more code into the plug-in framework, reducing XML configuration by adding a conventions plug-in, and improving REST support.
Struts is a Java framework based on standard Java technologies, such as Java Servlet, JavaBean, ResourceBundles and XML. Java developers have been enjoying Struts as a solid server side framework for many years. Recently, a technical evangelist for Adobe Systems, Anirudh Sasikumar, developed a new solution by integrating Flex as Struts' front end. Sasikumar calls it FxStruts.
Many developers faced with too many choices when selecting a web framework prefer to make the easy choice of using the framework they have used in the past or build their own. This is especially true for Java frameworks, as Neal Ford finds out; he also puts this paradox of choice in the context of other languages and draws some interesting and debatable conclusions.
This past week Matt Raible gave a presentation at ApacheCon comparing Java Web Frameworks. This is a follow up to a presentation he gave a few years ago. It is interesting to note the changes in the frameworks being evaluated.
InfoQ spoke with Joe Walker at QCon London 2007 about the DWR toolkit. Walker discussed DWR 2.0 including new features such as details about reverse AJAX, the deal with TIBCO, DWR support in IDEs, the integration with Spring, future plans for DWR, and interesting applications of DWR from the very large to the very flashy.
KonaKart, a free Java-based online shopping cart, just released version 18.104.22.168. InfoQ spoke with KonaKart founder Paolo Sidoli to learn more about this release, and how KonaKart fits into the online shopping cart space.
HDIV, an open-source web application security framework, recently released version 2.0. InfoQ spoke with HDIV project lead Roberto Velasco Sarasola to learn more about this release.
Apache Struts, the ubiquitous Java web application framework, received a promising feature that permits hot-deployable plugins. Struts developer, Don Brown, revealed last week that work had begun on allowing plugins to be added, removed and upgraded instantly, without the need to restart the entire application.
The first Struts2 book has been released. Ian Roughely gives everything you need to get up and running using Struts2 – from the architecture and configuration, to implementing actions and the supporting infrastructure such as validation and internationalization. Above all else, it focuses on the practical – with plenty of code and productivity tips to get you started using Struts2 today.
Patrick Lightbody overviews WebWork and the Struts merger, comparing to other web frameworks and explaining how to achieve rapid development with WebWork/Struts 2.
Java web frameworks are increasingly adopting the ability to change portions of a web application and see the results immediately without restarting the server. This capability reduces the cost of the compile-build-test cycle, and helps to compete with the features of dynamic-language web frameworks such as Ruby on Rails or TurboGears.
The HDIV project recently released version 1.1 of their Apache-licensed Struts' Security extension. Among HDIV's features is that it guarantees integrity (no data modification) of non editable page data when transmitted from the browser to the server.