Struts Kick Start

Struts Kick Start

by James Turner, Kevin S. Bedell
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Struts Kick Start 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been searching for a book that presents an explanation of Struts that is both easy to comprehend and one that follows the design process from beginning to end. I am a developer that comes from the Microsoft background of developing. I am not that fond of Java but when I saw struts I was immediately excited at the potential. I went to several training sessions but found that they were designed by techies, for techies and about techies. Granted I am a techie but I can still speak this thing we call English. I read some of the other books on Struts and got lost in the incredible verbose text. I learned more in reading Struts Kick Start for a few days than all of the training and prior books combined. The explanation of the text is superb. I don't someone to teach me to code, nor do I need a class in HTML. What I need is just what it says, A KickStart in the right direction. The art of explanation is something a lot of authors do not have. In regards to the comment on HTML 4.0..... come on man... anyone looking to this book to learn proper HTML coding obviously missed the big white words written Struts ---- Kick Start. On the topic of deployment, Java seems to be weird about deployment. It would probably take a book of equal size to cover this in depth. Buy a book on Ant or something. I wonder if any of these guys write anything for .NET...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book does injustice to the Java development community. I could dive into rants about complexity but the simple fact is this book stinks! It's lacking in logic and clarity. This book perfectly depicts the standing java tradition of: "Setup and deployment should be orders of magnitude more perplexing then the actual business problem being addressed." It¿s no wonder the open-source concept is being viewed by tech management with a skeptical eye. This book lacks important detail. For example, instructions for setting up the chapter samples are completely and totally missing from the text. The authors drown on about off topic code samples and entirely omit the single most important "Kick Start" ingredient. Get ready for "Okay, lets try this..." I look at the great reviews on which I based my purchase with a bit of suspicion. If a pictures worth a thousand words, one look at the books website may save you some money. The book is written in the same chaotic style.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I want to emphasize that while many readers of this book are probably java servlet or JSP developers, I am not. Although I thoroughly agree that Struts is a great starting point for web apps, I believe what Struts brings to the table is a model all web developers which can follow, even those who use PHP (like myself). Unfortunately I cannot switch to Java on my current project, but I can certainly stand on the shoulders of giants to apply these concepts to PHP. My point is, I believe that all (serious) web developers should own this book, even if Perl, PHP or ASP is their language of choice. The design of Struts is a solution to a problem that has gone unsolved for far too long. Athough I am thoroughly enjoying this book, I must object to one inconsistency that I see in the source code examples. Nothing frustrates me more than picking up a book written in the year 2003 and seeing html written as HTML 4.0. I would have hoped that the careful attention to detail which the authors gave to the design of the software would have carried over into the html source as well. In the case of examples in this book, it clearly did not. Many people have dedicated their lives to doing the song and dance necessary to make people realize how bad it is to continue to write HTML 4.0 when doing web applications. Not only does it thumb its nose at the extremely hard work the W3C has done to define a standards base, it also rekindles the bad habits of developers which is holding back the algorithms of web browsers to support this invalid html source. The examples in this book show no use of DTDs, stylesheets or valid xhtml syntax. It is as if the java web development community didn't get the memo on xhtml when the rest of us did. That being said, I still believe the content in this book is very well laid out and at the end of the day, the html source is really a small part of the whole document. However, the men who authored this book will write other books and I ask, please consider proving to the community that your careful attention to detail which exists in the design of the java code can be carried into the html source the next time you go to type up an example.