Jakarta Struts for Dummies

From the Back Cover
Reduce development time, increase maintainability, and take charge of your code
Find out how Jakarta Struts can support your pages and keep the Java hot!

You’ll know more than beans about Jakarta Struts after you’ve spent a little time with this book! It’ll get you up and running with the popular open source framework that helps you develop and manage Java-based Web applications. You’ll build one before you even finish Part I – and then explore all the techniques you need for a rock-solid, full-featured Web application.

The Dummies Way
– Explanations in plain English
– “Get in, get out” information
– Icons and other navigational aids
– Tear-out cheat sheet
– Top ten lists
– A dash of humor and fun

Discover how to:
– Apply the Model-View-Controller (MVC) design pattern
– Integrate Struts into a Web application development environment
– Use tag libraries to simplify your JSP™ pages
– Keep control with effective security features
– Reach users around the world in their own language

About the Author
Mike Robinson has been working in the computing field since, well, when minicomputers were popular. He has a master’s degree in computer science and has been an independent Java developer specializing in interactive Web applications since 1998. Mike is an adjunct faculty member in the Computer Science Department at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa. If he had any spare time, he would probably spend it hiking.

Ellen Finkelstein is the author of numerous best-selling computer books on AutoCAD, PowerPoint, Flash, and most recently OpenOffice.org. She writes regular articles on AutoCAD and PowerPoint in magazines, e-zines, and for Web sites. She is an adjunct Instructor of Management, teaching e-business courses to M.B.A. students. She writes at home so that she can take the bread out of the oven on time.

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