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Newbie wanting best approach for coding UI when using Struts

Harry Brearley
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Joined: Feb 15, 2006
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Hi
i am a relative "newbie" to STRUTS but have played with J2EE, servlets, JSP, JAVA for many years, on and off. What i am starting to realise (sic: slow) is that I really need to make the best and slickest User Interfaces possible to my back end struts engine.
Please advise. What is the best technology, approach, toolsets that you recommend I start to use? I am a bit overwhelmed with choice: Tiles? JSF? Velocity, straight JSP/JSTL... to just to name a few.

Insights greatly appreciated
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My personal preference is just straight scriptless JSP with JSTL.

Big frameworks like Struts, JSF and the like just get in the way.
 
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