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Alternative to JSP templates

Markus Kahl

Joined: Apr 05, 2010
Posts: 5

I've built and worked on quite a number of web applications using JSP for HTML templates.
I always found that the templates would get quite messy and confusing even if you use JSTL instead of scriptlets.
In a few projects I used other libraries for the HTML templates, Velocity for example.
Though, that's just the same in a slightly different syntax. I've also worked with numerous other technologies in Ruby land,
but I'm not happy with them either.

To come to the point of this post: I don't like it very much and so I've created an alternative: Wandledi

To describe it shortly: Instead of including scriptlets or custom tags into HTML files Wandledi uses a separate layer that's only responsible
for transforming HTML markup in order to fill it with dynamic data and so on.
For further information please have a look at *.
The idea isn't entirely new, though I don't know any other library that implements it in this way and not only for Java,
but for Scala, too.

The reason I post this here is that I was hoping to get some feedback from Java (and possibly Scala) developers on the whole thing.
Do you find the idea totally ludicrous or do you think it could make sense?

I for one am actually using Wandledi in several projects and I like it very much.
However, I might be a little biased. ;)



* For an actual Java example see:


I'm not selling a product here. It's open source and it's free. I just want feedback.
But I guess you can consider all this blatant advertising.
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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