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"It doesn't just talk about how to configure and develop with Struts. It's a web application manifesto." --

"The author's approach to making the reader a Struts expert is effective . . . Go from Struts beginner to Struts expert." --

"The clarity of Struts in Action is even more appealing when compared to The Struts Framework and Mastering Jakarta Struts." -- Dr. Dobb’s Journal

About the Author

Vincent Massol is the creator of the Jakarta Cactus framework and an active member of the Maven, Gump, Struts, and MockObjects development teams. He is the cofounder and CTO of Pivolis, a company that specializes in applying agile methodologies to offshore software development. Ted Husted is an active member of the Struts development team and the manager of the JGuru Struts Forum. His most recent development project uses test-driven design throughout and is available as open source [wqdata]. He is the author of ""Struts in Action,"" He lives in Fairport, New York

<div><b>George Franciscus</b> is an independent consultant at, providing technical and management consulting services. He has experience in a diverse range of technologies, including Java, J2EE, Domino, relational databases, and mainframe technologies and is the coauthor of <i>Struts In Action</i>. He lives in Toronto, Ontario. <b>Danilo Gurovich</b> is the manager of web development at He has designed and implemented Struts-based applications in high traffic commerce, enterprise application integration monitoring and controlling, and business process management. His non-Java experience extends to GUI Design, Human Factors, and Graphics. He lives in Northridge, California.<br></div>

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Product Details

  • Series: In Action series
  • Paperback: 630 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications (November 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930110502
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930110502
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.5 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #671,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Vinny Carpenter on November 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
Struts in Action is a good book that has some flaws. I had this book pre-ordered on Amazon from the minute I heard about its publication. The lead author Ted Husted is very active in the Struts development community and still manages a great Struts resource site.
I read the book right away and spent a few weeks going over all the examples in the book. My overall feeling is that this is a good book but it suffers from a lot of the same thing that affects other Struts book. These books were published right around the release of Struts 1.1 and so they are on the fence where they talk about Struts 1.0 and 1.1. Since I had used Struts 1.0 before, the sections that described the changes from 1.0 to 1.1 was very helpful.
Like other books, there is some mention of JSTL but not any details. The section on tag libraries is extensive and well written.
I just went through all my Struts books again as I had to teach a 6 week class on Struts. I went through the five Struts books I owned and I settled on 'Programming Jakarta Struts' by Chuck Cavaness as my finalist. Struts in Action is really a good book but I felt the Chuck Cavaness did a better job of acting as a tutorial. So if you only want to buy one Struts book, I would recommend the Chuck Cavaness book. However, if you want more than one, I would highly recommend this book as your second book on Struts.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Danilo Gurovich on December 23, 2002
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I purchased Struts in Action because the web contains horribly incomplete and obtuse information about struts. I have to search through three or more sites to find what I'm looking for, and then test and wonder if I got it right.
After reading the reviews I thought this book thinking would be right on the mark, and after reading the first couple of chapters I was going to write a glowing review but....
So close. It's a great book with 1/3 of the information missing. The big picture is here, it's just not explained fully, or pieces are left out. Struts in Action starts beautifully, explaining the struts-config files, the details behind the struts-basic app, and an excellent later chapter about struts-tiles. This book just falls flat extending and scaling this knowledge in any depth. I was hoping for DETAILS about the struts taglibs, and I was let down by how it glosses over even some of the less granular points, such as what are the important and more oft-used attributes for each tag, and multiple examples of these tags in use (i.e how does the html:text tag use labels? How do I set a static checkbox to selected? Why was the html:form tag left out of the appendix?). It seems that the author just assumes that once you know the basics and go over the code, you can do anything. Well, that's why I was reading this book, because I expected it to be full of examples and code. He does such a fabulous job with the config file, and then loses focus.
Still, out of the current Struts books, Ted's is BY FAR the most detailed, authoritative, and useful, and for these reasons worthy of an extra star.
I'd still recommend this book, but unfortunately it's only as complete as the typically incomplete information on the Jakarta site. If you know nothing about struts, this will get you going. If you already know something but want to extend your knowledge in breadth and depth past the struts-config, you may be let down.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 28, 2002
Format: Paperback
That's what I love the most about this book, it doesn't just talk about how to configure and develop with Struts. It's a web application manifesto. Anyone can write a book about how to use Struts to build a web application. That's not the point. This book is ~8 people-years worth of first-hend developer knowledge (4 authors x ~2 years of working on the Struts project) condensed down into 630 pages. It doesn't just teach you how to use Struts (and Velocity and Taglibs and Tiles), but why you should use them. That's the most important thing this book has to offer. If your project is looking at using Struts & other Jakarta technologies, you need this book. If your project is currently using Struts & other Jakarta technologies, you need this book
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By THKierm on January 29, 2003
Format: Paperback
The book abounds with incorrect examples. Since the book puports to guide the user to a greater understanding of Struts through the liberal use of examples, the books lack of accuracy is unforgivable. Spending time attempting to work through examples which simply do not work is rather frustrating. One of the selling points of the book is the use of the "free" private website where users can interact with the author who is allegedly a "Struts expert". Contrary the the books pronoucement, I've noticed that most messages go unanswered. In a few rare cases, the author actually answers a question. Mostly he simply instructs users to subscribe to the Struts mailing list. I would like to remind both the publisher and author(s) of section xxxii in the chapter entitled "About This Book" where it is stated, and I quote "Purchase of Struts In Action includes free access to a private web forum run by Manning Publications where you can make comments about the book, ask technical questions, and receive help from the lead author and from other users."
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By X. Phu on March 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
Overall this is a pretty good book for someone who slightly worked on Struts. I enjoy the first couple of chapters where it gives a very good overview of Struts and various configuration files. However, as you start to go deeper into the book, it starts to lack good examples and was throwing too much detailed information at you all at once. I don't see a lot of people able to remember all these details after reading the book and apply them to their day to day works. I am ok with it since I am already somewhat familar with Struts. But I can't imagine someone new to Struts to be able to read this book and understand the materials the book presents. So unless you have worked on Struts for several months or been looking at Struts code for a while, you might want to read a beginner book first and come back to this to acquire more advance information.
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