Once you spend a lot of time with a set of tools there is a tendency to come up with solutions to every problem with just those tools. This narrow tunnel vision is dangerous for a techie since you can be completely blindsided when something new comes up and you are found lacking in new skills. It also inhibits the ability to learn new things and take in new ideas. Having spent a lot of time in the Java Spring tunnel, it was a welcome break for me to try out SparkJava & JDBI recently – void of any Spring, JEE or IoC.
WebWork is a much better framework compared to any of the action frameworks around. Read on to get started with WebWork. I will cover what is required to get started with WebWork and also how to integrate with Spring for a complete end-to-end solution. Continue reading
Are there too many web frameworks out there? Well for those in the know the answer will be a resounding yes. Which one to pick up has become really a painful decision! Once you take one path you cannot just switch the framework mid-way. There is always the good old Struts framework. But that seems to be “oh not so fashionable nowadays”. Ah that ‘Ruby on Rails’ … and then you can sift through the web to find its java inspired half-brother. Or should we Seam with JBoss Seam? Though in all fairness JBoss Seam cannot be called just a web framework. It is a complete framework for front-end and back-end development. Continue reading