Its been awhile since I have been on the JavaRanch, but I have always loved interacting the JavaRanch audience. I am currently promoting my latest book "Pro Jakarta Struts". (Apress)"
This book is a second edition of my first Struts books (Professional Struts Applications, Wrox) and I am extremely happy with the way this book turned out.
I am happy with the book for two reasons. First, I had a great co-author to work with. Rob Harrop originally started out as the technical reviewerer for the book, but I was so impressed with his skills that I asked him to join me in completing this book.
The second reason I am happy with this edition of the book, is that I feel it is much more complete work then the first book. We cover the Struts 1.1 material in much greater detail then the first book. I got to add a lot of material that I simply did not have time to add in the first edition of the book. We also had a top notch group of editors through APress.
In all honesty, I don't know where to begin in terms of kicking this whole thing off, but I am open to just about any topic (Struts or otherwise).
Some possible topics I was thinking about include:
1. Extending and scripting-enably Struts using the Jython programming language. I just did some very cool project work where we built "extension" point into Struts to call out to Jython scripts. This allowed us to build a flexible environment where we could easily change core business rules.
2. I have also been learning JavaServer Faces and would love to talk "shop" with anyone who is looking to use JSF or switch from Struts to JSF. Some people have claimed that JSF is a "Struts" killer, but like anything else there is plenty of room for the two frameworks to co-exist.
3. Finally any topics from the book are fair game. I have done some work with the validator framework and would be more then happy to share some of my experiences in using and building custom validations.
Anyways..... I ramble. I look forward to hearing from you guys and please do not be afraid to post.
Thanks, John Carnell
John Carnell<br />Principal Architect<br /> <br />Netchange, LLC<br />1161 HillCrest Heights<br />Green Bay, WI 54313<br /> <br />firstname.lastname@example.org<br /> <br /> <br />Author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/159059228X/ref=jranch-20" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Pro Jakarta Struts, Second Edition</a>