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InfoQ Book: Starting Struts 2

Struts 2 went GA a few months ago, it's first GA release since Struts and WebWork merged projects last year.  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.

In this latest InfoQ book, the first released Struts 2 book, 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.

Download Getting Started with Struts2, by Ian Roughely, who also wrote the Migrating to Struts series on InfoQ (see

The book covers:

  • The Struts2 architecture
  • Configuration details
  • Productivity tips for your current project
  • Coverage of popular plug-ins
  • Integration with third party technologies
Thanks to Ian for this great contribution to the community!

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  • Nice book

    by Kishore Senji,

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    Great book. Thanks. Restful action mapper and Plugin system are great additions to WebWork the last time I saw.

    Couple of questions:

    1) Why isn't Tiles result part of the default result types. I see a plugin available to this from the plugin registry, but it would be great if it comes out of the box with Struts2.
    2) The last time I checked, data binding for nested list (or array) properties was not supported or there was some issue around it which I cannot recall exactly. For example, setting List of Address beans on a Person bean was not supported by the data binding or there wasn't a way to express the element type for the nested list in the

  • Great for getting a fast overview.

    by Marc Ende,

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    A good book for getting an overview over struts2. Also the included bugs in the examples are giving you a deeper look into struts2 while resolving these issues.

  • Erratum: Annoying typo

    by Denis Robert,

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    p. 26: PrincipalAware is correct. There is no PrincipleProxy class, but rather a (correctly spelled) Principal<><>Proxy class.

    Principal: (adj) first or highest in rank, importance, value
    Principle: (noun) an accepted or professed rule of action or conduct

    Not the same thing

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