Struts 2 in Action

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The original Struts project revolutionized Java web development and its rapid adoption resulted in the thousands of Struts-based applications deployed worldwide. Keeping pace with new ideas and trends, Apache Struts 2 has emerged as the product of a merger between the Apache Struts and OpenSymphony WebWork projects, united in their goal to develop an easy-to-use yet feature-rich framework. Struts 2 represents a revolution in design and ease of use when compared to classic Struts. It adds exciting and powerful ...

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Overview

The original Struts project revolutionized Java web development and its rapid adoption resulted in the thousands of Struts-based applications deployed worldwide. Keeping pace with new ideas and trends, Apache Struts 2 has emerged as the product of a merger between the Apache Struts and OpenSymphony WebWork projects, united in their goal to develop an easy-to-use yet feature-rich framework. Struts 2 represents a revolution in design and ease of use when compared to classic Struts. It adds exciting and powerful features such as a plugin framework, JavaServer Faces integration, and XML-free configuration.

Struts 2 In Action introduces the Apache Struts 2 web application framework and shows you how to quickly develop professional, production-ready modern web applications. Written by Don Brown, one of the leading developers of Struts 2, Chad Davis, a passionate Struts 2 developer, along with Scott Stanlick, this book gently walks you through the key features of Struts 2 in example-driven, easy-to-digest sections.

Struts 2 in Action delivers accurate, seasoned information that can immediately be put to work. This book is designed for working Java web developers-especially those with some background in Struts 1 or WebWork. The core content, covering key framework components such as Actions, Results, and Interceptors, includes new features like the annotation-based configuration options. You'll find chapters on Struts 2 plugins, FreeMarker, and migration from Struts 1 and WebWork 2. Finally, new topics such as the Ajax tags, Spring Framework integration, and configuration by convention give familiar subjects new depth.

Purchase of the print book comes with an offer of a free PDF, ePub, and Kindle eBook from Manning. Also available is all code from the book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933988078
  • Publisher: Manning Publications Company
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 793,064
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Don Brown is the Technical Lead for Hosted Services at Atlassian Software Systems, with a background in the commercial and US Department of Defense sectors. He is a member of the Apache Software Foundation, and has been a Struts committer since 2003. He is also a committer on several Apache Commons projects and a frequent speaker at JavaOne, ApacheCon, and Java user groups.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Struts 2: A Brand New Framework 1

1 Struts 2: the modern web application framework 3

2 Saying hello to Struts 2 20

Pt. 2 Core Concepts: Actions, Interceptors, and Type Conversion 41

3 Working with Struts 2 actions 43

4 Adding workflow with interceptors 74

5 Data transfer: OGNL and type conversion 101

Pt. 3 Building the View: Tags and Results 129

6 Building a view: tags 131

7 UI component tags 167

8 Results in detail 202

Pt. 4 Improving Your Application 229

9 Integrating with Spring and Hibernate/JPA 231

10 Exploring the validation framework 255

11 Understanding internationalization 282

Pt. 5 Advanced Topics and Best Practices 307

12 Extending Struts 2 with plug-ins 309

13 Best practices 326

14 Migration from Struts Classic 339

15 Advanced topics 360

Index 387

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