Struts in Action: Building Web Applications with the Leading Java Framework

Struts in Action: Building Web Applications with the Leading Java Framework

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  • Release Date: November, 2002
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Authors: Ted Husted, Cedric Dumoulin, George Franciscus, David Winterfeldt, Craig R. McClanahan

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Customer Rating: 3.53 of 5 (55 total reviews)

  • 4 starsExcellent book

    I've been programming with Struts for 2 years now (and Java for 3) and I wish I had had this book when I started. Even though I now know Struts to about the 75% level, thanks greatly to this book which helped me in the upgrade from version 1.0 to 1.1, Struts never ceases to amaze me - what it can do, the work that it can save a web programmer, its robustness and its elegance too.

    The down-side is of course the steep learning curve, and the sticking points that I still come across where I have programmed or configured something wrong and can't work out why. In both these areas this book is invaluable.

    In the first case if someone needs to learn Struts, this covers the basics and provides a good grounding, and secondly I found the contents page and the indexing always lead me straight to the point in the text where I need to be when I've just created a bug in my code or I don't know how to approach a problem.

    Struts in Action is well written with flowing text and clear explanations, even to the point where I sometimes find myself reading the whole chapter after looking up and finding a little snippet of info - you never know what else you might learn.

  • 2 starsTotal Disappointment

    Though the book does cover the basics, it failed to be clear and concreate, when it gets into details. There is a huge gap between the "Simple Application" of Ch.3 and the "Artimus Application" of Ch. 15. And these are the only two examples in the entire book. Infact to add more to the confusion, the authors started referring to "Artimus" in bit and pieces in the earlier chapters themselves. While the reader doesn't have any idea at all.

    There is no simple example, which explains the use of a Database. Rather the authors resorted to the so called "Commercial-grade application, The Artimus". Well it may be of commercial-grade, but doesn't help the developer to start quick.

    And best of all, it uses Scaffold tool set, which you can find, no where else other than the authors' website. In the Jakarta site, it is yet to be released and right now in "Sandbox (Not-Yet-Proposed) Components " category. God knows what the authors' had in mind. Looks like they wanted to emphasise more on there own tool sets (like scaffold) than struts actually. Rather it would have been much better, if they have used quite matured DAO like Hibernate, etc.

    Hope they come out with better examples with more clear explanations in the next edition of the book.

  • 2 starsCould have been

    A book from the author of Struts, can you possibly go wrong? This book shows you can. The book does not have a flow to it, to me it seems just scattered topics piled on eachother. And then, the grand finale, where all you have "learned" is applied in a real world type of thing... By the time it got there, I got so annoyed I did not care anymore. The examples rely on so much non-standard struts stuff, I have trouble with the title even.