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  • Understand the Model-View-Controller architecture and how it is implemented in Struts    
  • How to start building an application with Struts
  • How to produce well-crafted and robust applications using sound software engineering practices
  • How to build a complete application, in this case a web bookstore



Jakarta Struts is an Open Source Java framework for developing web applications. By cleanly separating logic and presentation, Struts makes applications more manageable and maintainable.
Since its donation to the Apache Foundation  in 2001, Struts has been rapidly accepted as the leading Java web application framework, and community support and development is well established.

Struts-based web sites are built from the ground up to be easily modifiable and maintainable, and internationalization and flexibility of design are deeply rooted. Struts uses the Model-View-Controller design pattern to enforce a strict separation between processing logic and presentation logic, and enables efficient object re-use.

The book is written as a structured tutorial, with each chapter building on the last. The book begins by introducing the architecture of a Struts application in terms of the Model-View-Controller pattern. Having explained how to install Jakarta and Struts, the book then goes straight into an initial implementation of the book store. The well structured code of the book store application is explained and related simply to the architectural issues.

Custom Actions, internationalization and the possibilities offered by Taglibs are covered early to illustrate the power and flexibility inherent in the framework. The bookstore application is then enhanced in functionality and quality through the addition of logging and configuration data, and well-crafted forms. At each stage of enhancement, the design issues are laid out succinctly, then the practical implementation explained clearly. This combination of theory and practical example lays a solid understanding of both the principles and the practice of building Struts applications.

  • Learn to build Struts applications right away
  • Build an ecommerce store step-by-step using Struts
  • Well-structured and logical progression through the essentials
Page Count 220
Course Length 6 hours 36 minutes
ISBN 9781904811541
Date Of Publication 25 Aug 2005


Stephan Wiesner

Stephan Wiesner was born in October 1973 in Lüneburg, Germany. He graduated in business informatics in 2003. He got introduced to Struts during his studies. He didn’t understand the official documentation for Struts and therefore started to develop his own documentation. Feedback from all over the world encouraged him and finally he published it as a book. He currently lives and works in Lucerne, Switzerland, as a QS consultant and test manager.