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Using a form with Struts 2

m pa

Joined: Apr 17, 2013
Posts: 17
I am familiar with struts 1.3 where in the struts.xml file you can define a form that contains beans, lists of beans etc and then that form can be used by different actions.
example in struts 1.3

The examples I have found is having a Person bean and then importing into the action class, see

If I wanted to have a form like that above in Struts 2, am I correct in thinking I would define a class e.g. CustInfoForm, have getters/setters for all the properties and then include the form in whatever class it is needed?

In other words, is there no equivalent of the DynaActionForm in struts 2 that allows forms to be defined in the struts.xml file?
Joe Ess

Joined: Oct 29, 2001
Posts: 9168

Struts 2 does away with forms beans (thank goodness!). It uses Plain Old Java Objects (POJO's), so instead of creating a form bean, you'd just create a POJO for your customer information and create it or populate it in your action class. Since the action has a direct reference to it, there's no need to configure it in an XML file.
DynaActionForm was a work-around for having to create a form bean for each form. Since we don't have form beans, we don't need DynaActionForm.

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