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Jakarta Pitfalls: Time-Saving Solutions for Struts, Ant, JUnit, and Cactus (Java Open Source Library) [Paperback]

Bill Dudney , Jonathan Lehr
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July 11 2003 Java Open Source Library
  • Ideal intermediate-level book for programmers to turn to once they have read the introductory books.
  • Identifies what can go wrong and provides refactored solutions for each pitfall complete with code.
  • All of the pitfalls are cross-referenced within the text as well as outlined in a summary table in the back of the book.
  • Includes background information and troubleshooting tips so programmers can avoid other errors that may also occur.
  • The Web site contains all of the refactored code solutions and links to appropriate tool downloads.

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From the Back Cover

Escape from common coding pitfalls with this detailed book of proven Jakarta missteps and solutions

The dangers of Jakarta pitfalls are everywhere and countless developers have already been trapped. These mistakes have delayed schedules, allowed major bugs to get into the users’ hands, or led to numerous rewrites in maintenance. Luckily, you don’t have to be the next victim. This comprehensive book captures some of the most common pitfalls that occur with Jakarta and provides you with the solutions to escape them. Focusing on Struts, Ant, Cactus, and JUnit, the authors describe each pitfall in detail, explain how developers have walked into the trap, and discuss the common symptoms and consequences.

They then arm you with a proven solution for each pitfall and take you step-by-step through the process of converting from error-ridden to pitfall-free code. In the end, the pitfalls and solutions presented inside will help you build superior applications that are easier to maintain.

This book will save you from the frustration of having to spend hours working your way out of pitfalls such as:

  • Failing to isolate tests or subjects in Cactus and JUnit
  • Overloading Struts ActionMappings
  • Calculating derived values in JSPs
  • Duplicating formatting and type conversion code in Struts Action Forms
  • Building subprojects
  • Performing business logic in Struts ActionForms

The companion Web site contains all the code examples and solutions in the book.

About the Author

BILL DUDNEY is a Java architect with Object Systems Group. He has been building J2EE™ applications and software for five years and has been doing distributed computing for almost fourteen years. He is the coauthor of J2EE AntiPatterns (from Wiley).

JONATHAN LEHR is an independent consultant with more than twenty years of experience in software development and training. He has designed e-commerce applications for Fortune 100 companies.


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If you are designing a large-scaled web application based on Struts, you should read this book first. Reading this book will help you avoid Struts architectural pitfalls and get a better idea what the Struts framework really offers. The pitfalls discussed in this book are all really insightful ,and the solutions suggested by the authors are well-designed and practical. An excellent pitfalls book!
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2.0 out of 5 stars The synopsis in the back is the entire book Dec 19 2003
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars must have reference! Nov. 15 2003
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Whether you're a beginner or an expert on Struts, Ant or JUnit, this book will provide you all the items you should watch out for. And if you're already in trouble with any of these technologies, its very likely that this book has it.
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This is an important book. If you're new to any of these tools, don't waste your time hitting the same potholes that everyone else has. The authors took some good notes in trenches, and they present their pitfalls in a structure way that builds one upon another.
I just wish this book was available when I was first getting started with Cactus!? It will be at my elbow as I start my upcoming Struts project.
(The only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars is that I ran across a few typos.)
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