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how about a "Head First" book on struts?

Pushkar Chowdhary

Joined: Dec 10, 2006
Posts: 14
hey guys,

i was wondering if there's a "Head First" book available for Struts...

and if not, do the "Head First" guys plan to bring it any time soon?

it would be great help as I've already read "Head First Java" and "Head First Servlets and JSP" and both were great...

so it would be really nice of them to consider about a "Head First" book for Struts...


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Bert Bates

Joined: Oct 14, 2002
Posts: 8898
Hi Pushkar,

At this point struts isn't very high on our list, one reason is because it's a narrower topic than most HF books cover. We are however kicking around ideas for how to tackle smaller projects, and when we get that working, struts might be a bit more feasible. I wouldn't be surprised though, if by the time that happens, something better and newer than struts would be higher on our list.


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Hey Pushkar,

I'd love a Head First book on Struts as well, but there are a few good books out there on Struts, all released in the last year or so, that can really help you get started.

The complete Struts reference, second edition, was just released, although it is a bit complex for a beginner. Still, it has great material:

Struts: The Complete Reference, 2nd Edition

If you combine the reference with Struts in Action, I think you'll be in really good shape:

Struts in Action: Building Web Applications with the Leading Java Framework by Ted Husted, Cedric Dumoulin, George Franciscus, David Winterfeldt, Craig R. McClanahan

Happy Struts!

-Cameron McKenzie
[ December 27, 2006: Message edited by: Cameron W. McKenzie ]
Pushkar Chowdhary

Joined: Dec 10, 2006
Posts: 14
Thanks Bert and Cameron for your replies.

And thanks again to Cameron for those links.

I still have one more question though. The struts version that I'm using currently is 1.3.5 and I'm yet to find a book that would cover that. Does anyone have any idea whether I can get any book covering Struts 1.3.5 here in Bangalore, India?

The last time I had checked in a bookstore, this is what I found:
1. "Struts in Action" (covering Struts 1.1)
2. "Professional Struts - Wrox Publications" (covering Struts 1.1)
3. "Struts - The Complete Reference" (covering Struts 1.2)
4. "Programming Jakarta Struts - O'Reilly Publications" (covering Struts 1.2)
5. "Struts Cookbook - O'Reilly Publications" (covering Struts 1.2)

No book covering any of the struts versions after 1.2

Can you guys please help me here?

Even books available online for purchase would do.

prateek urmaliya
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Joined: Sep 15, 2006
Posts: 87
Hi Bert,

checked OOAD HF .
forthcoming attraction ?
in pipeline or on the anvil

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Bert Bates

Joined: Oct 14, 2002
Posts: 8898
Hi Prateek,

HF OOAD has been available for about a month!


I agree. Here's the link:
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