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Good book to begin Struts2

Souvvik Basu
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Hi everyone,
Can anyone suggest me a good book to begin learning Struts2? I have gone through Head First Servlets & JSP, so I know that part. But I have absolutely no knowledge of working with any framework. What would be a good book to start learning Struts2 as my first framework? Lots of hands on example is what I like....
Abhay Agarwal
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There are 2 books for Struts 2

a. Struts 2 in Action by Manning publications

b. Struts 2 Design and Programming by Budi Kurniawan

I have read both these books. Both books are good. Struts 2 in Action provides you all necessary theory part.

If you are looking for book which have all code and sample examples then Struts 2 Design and Programming by Budi Kurniawan is best but this book lacks in setting up base for learning any framework. This book assumes that you have knowledge of Struts 1.2.

Struts 2 Design and Programming by Budi Kurniawan book review on CodeRanch - http://www.coderanch.com/t/93887/Book-Reviews/Struts-Design-Programming-Budi-Kurniawan

~ abhay
Souvvik Basu
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Hi Abhay,
Thanks for your reply.

Struts 2 in Action provides you all necessary theory part.


You are very right here...I picked up this book, but felt like it is drowning me with info, without giving me too much exposure to develop an app by myself.

Have you come across, or heard, of any book that teaches Struts2 through hands-on development of a web application?
Abhay Agarwal
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only book that I know teaches Struts 2 hand-on/practically is - Struts2 Design and Programming (mentioned in my previous post)
This book do have good practical examples but I do not remember whether this book takes one single web application example and build it in all subsequent chapters.

But I remember I did refer to below mentioned website for some practical examples.
http://www.vaannila.com/struts-2/struts-2-tutorial/struts-2-tutorial.html
Please refer to this website and you might answer to your query

Also there is one more book on Struts 2- Apache Struts 2 Web Application Development
Its URL is http://www.packtpub.com/apache-struts-2-web-application-development-beginners-guide/book.You can explore more about this book and check whether it answer your query

~ abhay

Souvvik Basu
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Thanks Abhay for all your efforts. I'll surely try out Struts2 Design and Programming that you mentioned, but you also said it assumes the reader has knowledge/experience of Struts 1.2, which is not my case. Do you think that will be a hinderance to using the book?
And about Apache Struts 2 Web Application Development, I went through the reviews of the book on amazon.com a few days back, and it did have a few unflattering reviews, which made me unsure. I saw the site you gave. It looks promising in the first visit...looking forward to exploring it further.
Abhay Agarwal
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approach that I took was -- read theory from Struts 2 in Action book and practice sample code written in Struts 2 Design and Programming book

Joe Harry
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Do we have the Struts 2: The Complete Reference?


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Hans Werner
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No great books on Struts 2. Your best bet is

Apache Struts 2 Web Application Development

http://goo.gl/F8fDX
Vasundhara Sahi
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Abhay Agarwal wrote:approach that I took was -- read theory from Struts 2 in Action book and practice sample code written in Struts 2 Design and Programming book




Hello Abhay,

Any guesses how long does it takes to finish both books ?

Thanks for the info .


Abhay Agarwal
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difficult question to answer.... i can not guess or estimate the time to be spend on these books to gain full knowledge of Struts 2

~ abhay
Mohana Rao Sv
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Read, Understand and Practice, How much time you need?

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