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WebWork in Action (In Action) [Paperback]

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Item description for WebWork in Action (In Action) by Patrick Lightbody...

WebWork helps developers build well-designed applications quickly by creating re-usable, modular, web-based applications. WebWork in Action is the first book to focus entirely on WebWork. Like a true "Action" book, it is both a tutorial on WebWork and a sourcebook for its use in demanding, real-world applications. The book goes into considerable depth on how to get desirable web features with WebWork. It uses the same basic (continuing) example as in Manning's Hibernate in Action to show how to integrate WebWork with the popular Hibernate persistance framework.

Although Java was (correctly) touted as the next big programming language, it wasn't until the introduction of J2EE and Servlets that its use really took off. Yet, in spite of the huge popularity of JSPs and Servlets, it was never easy for developers to quickly create re-usable, modular web-based applications. Not long after the introduction of JSPs, WebWork sought to solve those very problems and has been helping thousands of developers ever since. WebWork is a web-application framework used by people who understand that somewhere been "just get it done, no matter how ugly" and "make it perfect" lies their best choice. WebWork helps developers build applications quickly, but its unique design also lets developers build beautifully-designed applications.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   400
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.2" Width: 7.4" Height: 1"
Weight:   1.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2005
Publisher   Manning Publications
ISBN  1932394532  
ISBN13  9781932394535  

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3Books > Subjects > Computers & Internet > Programming > Software Design > Object-Oriented Design
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Very satisfying. Suitable for those migrating to Struts2   Sep 29, 2007
Well done! Few computer books (I can only think of "Perl cookbook") have given me so much satisfaction. Very straightforward, the authors obviously know their jobs and they make a nice effort to deal with every issue worth mentioning. While I read it, every time a question/doubt popped in my mind, I was gladly surprised to find the clear answer some paragraphs later. Completely tuned with the style.
This is a book for people with some knowledge of the basics (Java-based web applications). I was planning to migrate from Struts1 to Struts2 and was frustrated by the available docs (the online book "Starting Struts2" was very weak for me); this book was exactly what I was looking for. Granted, Struts2 is not Webwork, but it is heavily based on it, so -in spite of some changes and dated bits- the heart of the information (and more important, the main concepts) are really here.
Best alternative for Struts2 Development  Sep 14, 2007
If you are doing Struts2 development, this is probably the best resource around. Hopefully that will change in the coming months. For the most part, the Webworks principals described in this book map over almost exactly to the Apache Struts2 project (with minor exceptions). I purchased this book for all of my developers and we were easily able to complete our project. I definitely recommend this book.
Buy an 8lb bag of coffee before you dive in  Jan 10, 2007
Well, keeping in line with the AJAX in Action book I just read, this thing is a real cure for the insomniac. The authors of these books manage to drain every last bit of excitement out of even the latest of technologies. However, the topics do get covered if you can manage to keep your eyes awake. Through-out the read I often found myself rereading entire chapters because I just end up loosing interest. Also, it is written in such a manner that it begins to dig deeper into topics without first providing a strong foundation of the basics. For example, the first four chapters are using intercepts all through the code, however the reader still has very little or no idea what an intercept actually is. Examples are spread too far apart and sometimes there are no code examples to drive home a point. This will be my last In Action book purchase.
Good book for webwork developers  Jan 6, 2007
Really good book for webwork developers. Suggest to have next edition to reflect new changes,updates, and lesson learn(from previous edition) in webwork.
Great book but just a wee bit outdated.  Nov 10, 2006
This book does an excellent job of explaining about WebWork straight from the developers of the project.

The online material about webwork gives you very limited knowledge about this fantastic framework. But this book takes care of all the gaps.

If the authors had replaced the velocity chapter with a corresponding chapter on Freemarker( which is now the official templating language of Webwork) it would have been fabulous. But in their defence, it should be stated that it is almost impossible to keep abreast of a framework such as this.

Struts 2 Integration seems to promise webwork a lot more potential. I have been involved in projects that are already using Struts 2. There is nothing to not love about this framework. This book does a brilliant job of revealing it to us.

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