There has been a lot of talk recently about the demise of Struts. Its true that there haven’t been any major developments recently on the core product. However looking at the most popular blogs on Javablogs.com today shows that there is still a huge interest in Struts. 5 out of the top 6 read blogs are relating to the merger of Struts and WebWork.
Maybe everyone just finds this an interesting story, or maybe they just want to read about products that they used to use, or maybe people are still using Struts and are interested in what the future will bring .
Whatever your point of view, this is interesting news.
How do you know which web framework to use when starting a new project? It can be tricky and there are several factors which can influence your decision, such as support, learning curve, project standards etc.
To help people choose their web framework, I’ve done a totally un-scientific survey and found out how many times a framework is mentioned on www.javablogs.com
The results are:
I don’t think you can draw any conclusions from this apart from the fact that javablogs.com has a search facility!!
It seems that we are going to get much tighter integration with Struts and JSF in NetBeans 4.2.
Geertjan describes whats going to be available in NetBeans 4.2. It looks as though Struts and JSF will be tightly integrated – the whole process of creating a new project using these technologiues can be described in 4 pictures!
Its not difficult to create a Struts project in NetBeans 4.1, but little things like this make the IDE so much nicer.
For those of us still using Struts, there’s a good tutorial on using Struts Validator over on developerWorks.
This is worth a read if you’re new to Struts of haven’t used the Validator stuff before.