This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
Not only is it a bad practice to use Struts to access your database, in version 1.3.8, it's not even possible. The Struts datasource utility that was available in previous versions has been removed from version 1.3.8.