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5.0 out of 5 stars Using Struts? Buy this book!
I have to admit that I am a big fan of antipattern books. There are many ways to code an application but a few of those ways will cause problems in the long run both in debugging and maintenance. This book looks at four of the most popular Jakarta applications, JUnit, Cactus, Struts, and Ant, and shows the most common problems that you encounter when using these...
Published on 31 Oct 2003 by Thomas Paul

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2.0 out of 5 stars The synopsis in the back is the entire book
For some reason Amazon have copied only a 5 star review of this product from Amazon.com. I found the following review from Frizbog, Suffolk, VA USA helpful and reasonably accurate:
The book is fine, but it in the back is a boiled down synopsis, about 5 pages, that suffices for the entire book. The rest of the book doesn't really add that much. The material here is...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Using Struts? Buy this book!, 31 Oct 2003
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This review is from: Jakarta Pitfalls: Time-saving Solutions for Struts, Ant, Junit and Cactus (Java Open Source Library) (Paperback)
I have to admit that I am a big fan of antipattern books. There are many ways to code an application but a few of those ways will cause problems in the long run both in debugging and maintenance. This book looks at four of the most popular Jakarta applications, JUnit, Cactus, Struts, and Ant, and shows the most common problems that you encounter when using these applications. The book gives a chapter each to Ant and the two testing applications JUnit and Cactus but the majority of the book is dedicated to Struts.
Each chapter looks at several programming mistakes and then discusses ways to revise your code to fix these mistakes and make your code more robust. The problems with certain coding styles are well explained with clear reasoning as to why you don't want to code a particular way. Corrective solutions are well documented with plenty of code samples to show both before and after images.
Although the chapters on testing and Ant are good, the heart of the book is the chapters on Struts. The authors discuss potential problems using Actions, ActionForms, and the Struts tag library. Some problems can just make your code more difficult to maintain while others can introduce intermittent bugs that are very difficult to diagnose. Anyone who is using Struts should absolutely read these chapters, as it will save you from making some simple mistakes that could cause a lot of long-term pain in your development.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The synopsis in the back is the entire book, 30 Jan 2004
This review is from: Jakarta Pitfalls: Time-saving Solutions for Struts, Ant, Junit and Cactus (Java Open Source Library) (Paperback)
For some reason Amazon have copied only a 5 star review of this product from Amazon.com. I found the following review from Frizbog, Suffolk, VA USA helpful and reasonably accurate:
The book is fine, but it in the back is a boiled down synopsis, about 5 pages, that suffices for the entire book. The rest of the book doesn't really add that much. The material here is good, but is available by reading a few white papers and faq's on the web. I didn't dislike the book, I just wish I hadn't spent the money.
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