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The Struts Framework: Practical Guide for Programmers by Sue Spielman

 
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<pre>Author/s : Sue Spielman
Publisher : Morgan Kaufmann
Category : Servlets, JSP and Tag Libraries
Review by : Jessica Sant
Rating : 7 horseshoes
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I found this book's introduction to Struts to be inadequate. I have a very strong understanding of JSP and Servlets and a cursory understanding of the MVC design pattern. After reading the first two chapters I was quite confused about the general workings of Struts. A small, trivial Struts application to introduce the reader to the pieces and how they are inter-related would have increased the understandability ten-fold. However, that might have cut into the author's allowed page count: realize this book is 137 pages soaking wet (including the appendix and index... I don't recommend actually soaking the book). After getting a better understanding of Struts from another source, I came back to learn the details.
The author does an good job of explaining how best to use each part of the Struts Framework (that's where the "practical guide" part comes into play). More importantly she notes the possible hang-ups that normally you'd only learn through a bad experience (Don't use instance variables in your Action classes. Don't worry if you forget this rule now -- after you've read the book, this and other gotchas are tattooed inside your head).
Overall I'd say this is a very good resource. You'll need to go elsewhere to introduce yourself to Struts (find a nicely explained step-by-step tutorial), but after that, this book will be able to take you most of the way to a well-designed Struts implementation.


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Venkatesh Kulkarni
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could anyone suggest books/resources on integrating ejb with struts.
 
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Originally posted by Venkatesh Kulkarni:
could anyone suggest books/resources on integrating ejb with struts.

Venkatesh, please use the Struts forum for asking such questions. The threads in this forum are intended only for discussing the reviewed books. Thanks.
 
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