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Struts: The Complete Reference by James Holmes

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<pre>Author/s : James Holmes
Publisher : McGraw Hill Osborne
Category : Servlets, JSP and Tag Libraries
Review by : Andrew Monkhouse
Rating : 8 horseshoes

Don't let the title confuse you: this is more than just a reference book. This book provides a worthy introduction to Struts in general, as well as references to the various Struts libraries and other components.

The one area I felt this book let's it's readers down was in the areas outside of Struts that are still needed when developing Struts applications. For example, using non-standard HTML constructs (even when the standard constructs would have been easier to read), or including all the Struts libraries when not all were being used by the application at that time.

However these are minor issues: the book itself is well laid out, and easy to read. Readers who are new to Struts will soon be able to write their own Struts applications, and readers who already use Struts daily will learn new features and new tricks. This book starts with the very basics of how to get a Struts application up and running, provides information on how to scale your Struts applications so that the code and configuration does not become unwieldy, and how to make it a more professional application with information on internationalization and security. And that is just the tip of the iceberg. When counting in the reference materials, it is easy to see that this is a book that has something for anyone working with Struts, and is a valuable addition to any bookshelf.

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Joe Harry
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A very good book that covers all aspects in one place. Eagerly awaiting the 2.0.6 version of the book.

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Raghavan Muthu
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Thats a good review. Yes, as the title itself says the coverage, the users can * not * expect the Struts coverage in detail.

Thanks for the review!

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Joe Harry
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Any idea on when the Struts Complete Reference - 2.0.6 book will be out in India?
Kishore Dandu
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Slightly offtopic--> How do i get to the source code for this book. I was not able to get any replies for this question after contacting the publisher.

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Ulf Dittmer

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How do i get to the source code for this book.

The authors web site is
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