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Apache Struts 2 Web Application Development Paperback – June 15, 2009
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About the Author
Dave Newton, a Struts PMC member, has been a professional developer for over twenty years, getting his start in Lisp and Smalltalk development, moving on to a lengthy stint in embedded system, game, and device driver development, before (confusingly) finding himself writing Java-based web applications for a variety of clients.
He is a strong proponent of agile practices and tool creation and use, particularly in relationship to documentation generation and testing. He's a regular (if crabby) fixture on the Struts user mailing list, prodding people to read the documentation and think outside the box.
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I completed reading and working through the code for Apache Struts 2 Web Application Development (Packt Publishing, 2009, ISBN 978-1847193-39-1) by Dave Newton. I was looking forward to reading this book as published books on learning Struts 2 are few, especially since the 2.1.X release of Struts 2.
I've been developing Java web applications using Struts 2 for approximately 18 months, so I'm not a Struts 2 beginner. Since the book's target audience is Java developers new to Struts 2 [page 3] I tried to read the book with a newbie mindset.
Overall, I give this book 3 stars out of 5. If you're brand new to Struts 2, I'd recommend you first read Struts 2 in Action ([...]) and then pick up Apache Struts 2.
My main criticism of Apache Struts 2 (and why I don't think it's the best book for newbies) is that this book quickly skims over some critical foundation subjects such as XML configuration, convention plugin, and annotations. Without a thorough understanding of how and when to use those key Struts 2 techniques, it will be difficult for someone new to Struts 2 to actually build a web application that uses the framework and even more important trouble-shoot a problem.
The introduction to using the convention plugin and annotations is only 4 pages long. If I did not already have prior experience with those techniques I would have been lost trying to understand the examples in the following chapters.Read more ›
If you've read my previous reviews of Packt books, you'll know I tend to like their shorter books better. This book kept the attributes of a short book that I like since it's like the book was only 200 pages. The longest code example was 1.5 pages and even that length was rare. There were the collection of typos I've seen in most Packt books though which unfortunately precludes a higher rating.
The first/main part covers Struts 2 clearly and succinctly. It is fast moving, includes gotchas/tips and provides opportunities for further exploration. I particularly liked the discussion of tradeoffs with techniques when it comes to maintenance. There are notes for Struts 1 developers.
Overall, I did learn Struts 2 from the book and was entertained throughout.
And to make the FTC happy: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing this review on behalf of JavaRanch.
I would have preferred a detailed treatment on XML configuration as a foundation of my understanding of Struts 2. I could have learned the other configuration options after I felt comfortable with XML. I don't recommend this book for anyone trying to learn Struts 2. Instead, I recommend reading Struts 2 in Action.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Easy to understand, and it has a little of everything to start developing Strong Struts2 web Applications, even a little of JS it's on the list ;)Published on September 10, 2013 by Armando Tavera Esquivel
Well I have seen Dave Newton actively participating in online forums assisting people who have queries on strut2. Read morePublished on April 21, 2012 by Anthony Shih