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I read Sue Spielman book "the Struts framework" & can thoroughly recommend that as an introduction. Its quite short, easy to read & covers all the key featues at an overview level. I'm working through Struts In Action and it seems pretty reasonable so far. However, I get the feeling it's still more of an overview book & is lacking detail. (That's fine if it's all you want, but I think Sue's book does a better job at that level.) For example, it looks like 'processRoles' will be a really important feature to understand in order to implement the system securely. Struts in Action gives the topic less than 2 sides of text. Maybe there isn't much more to be said, but I still feel I don't understand it enough. Are the O'Rielly or Wrox books any more detailed? (I'm using struts 1.1)
The first two books on your list are both decent resources, although I haven't found either one to be considerably more detailed than the other, and I haven't read the Wrox book on Struts. I found Sue Spielman's book The Struts Framework-A practical Guideto be a great overview, and it also provided practical advice such as best practices for transfering data from the model to the view. Programming Jakarta Struts is a good intro to the newer features in 1.1, and I use it often as a reference, but it's not what I would call a beginners guide. The only one of the group I have read cover to cover was Struts in Action, which I felt was the best place to start for a reasonably experienced developer who wants to learn Struts. I still think I've learned more practical stuff about Struts on the web. I will generally check here at the 'Ranch or do a google search on what I want to do, and chances are there will be an article somewhere or a thread on a mailing list that will answer my questions. HTH, E [ December 04, 2003: Message edited by: Eric Fletcher ]
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