I have used Struts for a couple of years now and recommend 
Struts for anyone who doesn't have another well thought 
out plan. The primary value of Struts is that it provides an 
implementation of the Model/View/Controller design pattern. 
The custom tags are actually being removed from core Struts 
because they detract from the value of Struts.

There are several similar frameworks that also provide MVC 
implementations but Struts is the most widely deployed. It is 
the second most popular Jakarta project meaning it is very 
widely understood. I bet there is a lot of similarities between 
Struts code and your PBD framework.

Struts provides a framework that insulates you from the 
nuances of Servlet development. With Struts, you are much 
more likely to make good design choices than when you wing 
it and go with JSP, or home-grown servlets. Struts doesn't 
cover much more than the low-level servlet area by choice. 
This makes Struts light weight and flexible.

Buck's comment that Struts is similar to DDS on the iSeries is 
right on target. The benefits are similar, you know what types 
of objects support display, program logic, and database. Used 
correctly, struts does not lock you into anything any more 
than DDS locks you into the iSeries for RPG development. You 
are encouraged to support html forms with objects that are 
similar to external display files. Program logic is contained in 
the controller much like an iSeries program with a mainline. 
You are also encouraged to package program logic into 
reusable objects that are similar to service programs. 

I do not use the generation tools with WDSc for Struts. I do 
use meta-data through Hibernate to define and access my 
database(s) so that I can code to any platform without change.  

The biggest drawback and weakest link at this point with 
Struts is reliance on JSP and custom tags. They do not lend 
themselves to meta-data driven designs, which slows down 
the development process but they are no slower than DDS. 
You do have the option of using tools like Velocity with 
Struts, which addresses this somewhat but is not widely 
deployed. Another problem with Struts is that releases take 
quite a while.

You might check out a presentation I gave at Common 
and some user groups. It describes some best practices 
for struts.


David Morris

>>> joepluta@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 10/8/2003 7:47:47 PM >>>
> From: MEovino@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 
> What is the advantage to Struts vs. servlets/JSP?  How will it make
> my people more productive?  What are you guys out there using?

I don't use Struts, Mike, primarily because I just see it as another
custom tag library.  It doesn't really ADD anything, it's just
for certain features.  It's not that robust, in that it doesn't really
add a lot of editing or anything, and so you're really locking
into that syntax just for the sake of a little less effort.  With
competing technologies like JSF, it's too early to make a call as to
which one will be "the" standard, if either.

Personally, for now I'd rather use includes or a tool like WDSC with
really powerful templates to generate code that I can hand-tweak if


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