Most Java web developers know the Apache Struts brand. Less known seems to be the fact that this brand not only stands for maintaing a classic, yet somewhat out-of-date framework.
With Struts 2, which will be introduced in this talk, the Apache Struts project delivers an elegant, state-of-the art action based web framework addressing todays' needs with todays' technologies.
Apache Struts is probably one of the most classic brands in the Java Web Frameworks space - first off, as Struts 1 was the first “real” web framework to solve problems beyond Servlets and JSP. For that reason it became the long time quasi standard for developing Java based web applications, before the rise of JSF and other frameworks and tools. Secondly, a lot of people share a connotation for the term “classic” such as that Apache Struts would be out of date nowadays and was replaced by more modern action based web frameworks.
As for Struts 1, this is surely true. Less known seems to be the fact that one of the modern, state-of-the-art replacements for this framework carries the Struts brand likewise - namely Apache Struts 2. While obviously being tagged with an incremented major release number, it is a complete rewrite based on Opensymphony WebWork 2 and the shared forces of the then merged project teams of both the Struts and WebWork projects.
This talk will introduce and demonstrate the concepts and key values of the Apache Struts 2 framework, such as