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Starting Struts 2


Struts2 is the latest manifestation of the popular Struts Java web application framework. Like its predecessor, its goals are to make web application development faster, easier and more productive than ever before.

Despite new languages and new techniques, the action-base MVC framework is still a viable and effective option for modern web application development. Within this book you will find 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.

This book covers:

  • The Struts2 architecture
  • Configuration details
  • Productivity tips for your current project
  • Coverage of popular plug-ins
  • Integration with third party technologies

111 pages, 6" x 9", ISBN: 978-1-4303-2033-3

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Table of contents

  • Introduction
    • Where Struts 2 Fits Into The Web Paradigm
    • Core Components
    • Architectural Goals
    • Productivity Tips
    • Integrating With Other Technologies
  • About the Author
  • End Notes

About the Author

Ian Roughley is a speaker, writer and independent consultant based out of Boston, MA. For over 10 years he has been providing architecture, development, process improvement and mentoring services to clients ranging in size from fortune 10 companies to start-ups. Focused on a pragmatic and results-based approach, he is a proponent for open source, as well as process and quality improvements through agile development techniques. He is a committer and PMC member for the Apache Struts2 project, and speaker at No Fluff Just Stuff symposiums.