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I was wondering if anyone has looked at or used the open source Expresso Framework and could share their impressions and/or experiences with Expresso. Any information would be appreciated.
For those of you unfamilar with Expresso, Expresso uses Struts for it's MVC structure and then builds upon this to provide many additional features.
Quoting from the Expresso web site:
Expresso integrates with Struts which is a MVC light weight framework emphasizing presentation and application configuration, and bringing a powerful tag library to Expresso; whereas Expresso adds capabilities for database-stored security, robust object-relational mapping, background job handling and scheduling, self-tests, log4j logging integration, automated table manipulation, database connection pooling, email connectivity, event notification, caching, internationalization, XML automation, testing, registration objects, configuration management, automatic database maintenance and JSP tag library etc. Use Expresso in both non EJB/J2EE sites, as well as scale upwards using J2EE technology. Expresso enables developers to decrease their learning curve and time to solution, which translates directly into reduced costs and increased revenue for customers.
If anyone would like further information on Expresso try:
1) An article which gives a good overview of Struts and Expresso:
http://theserverside.com/resources/article.jsp?l=Expresso-Struts
2) The company that origianlly developed Expresso and also the download site:
http://www.jcorporate.com
Thanks in advance.
Daryl
 
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Hi daryl,
I did evaluate it for a project that I was working on.
It does provide a lot of infrastucture code that you would typically need in a medium/big sized project. The database libraries are especially good as they provide you with some Object Relational mapping functionality. It's not as complete or fullblown as some commercial tools like TOPLink etc. but good enough.
The documentation is pretty decent. I did not find communities outside the jcorporate site and I wonder how many people use it extensively.
HTH
Ravi
 
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btw Expresso 5.0 is now released. The Expresso 5.0 release is a major new release with more than 50 new features, breaks new ground in software with new workflow engine and further extends Struts.
I suggest that a good place to inquire about people's experiences using Expresso would be the opensource@jcorporate.com listserv.
Cheers
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