This course is targeted at the developer, already familiar with programming using J2EE, looking to gain a knowledge of Jakarta Struts Programming. During the course the student will build a fully featured Struts applications including advanced topics such as validation, error handling and internationalisation.
The student should be familiar with J2EE programming. This knowledge can be gained by attending course EC31.
This course provides students with the skills to write effective Struts Applications.
While covering these in detail, the course retains a ‘high level’ overview of the MVC Design Patterns used for such development.
During the course the student will write a complete Struts application to ensure that the content has been fully understood and practical experience is gained.
On completion of this course the student will be able to:
- understand the Model View Controller architecture
- understand the various Struts components (Action, ActionServlet, etc)
- understand the configuration files
- modify struts to include plug-ins
- understand the various form classes (ActionForm, Dyna forms, etc)
- use the various Custom Tags that struts provides
- configure Internationalised applications
- use Struts Error handling
- use the Struts Validator Framework
- Understand and configure Tiles
- Understand and use the various tools WSAD or RAD provide for Struts (if applicable)
Development will be performed using:
- Websphere Studio Application Developer
- Rational Application Developer
- the Java Development Kit (JDK) plus a text editor
For on-site courses (i.e. at your premises), we are more than happy to tailor the course agenda to suit your exact requirements. In many cases, we are able to build your in-house standards and naming conventions into the delivered course.
- INTRODUCTION TO STRUTS
- Model 2 And Struts
- Message Resources
- FIRST STRUTS APPLICATION
- Creating The View Components
- Creating The ActionForm Bean
- Creating The Controller Components
- Configuring The Application
- Running Through The Application
- CONFIGURATION FILES
- Forward Actions
- Struts Plugins
- VIEW COMPONENTS
- Jsps That Get Data From The Client
- Presenting Data To The Client
- Defining Jsps To A Struts Application - Forwards
- Basic Actionform Beans
- Check Boxes And The Reset Method
- The DynaActionForm Bean
- OTHER ACTION CLASSES
- Dispatch Action
- Mapping Dispatch Action
- JAVASERVER PAGES STANDARD TAG LIBRARY (JSTL)
- JSTL Expression Language
- Core Tags
- Internationalisation (I18N) Tags
- STRUTS CUSTOM TAGS
- HTML Tags
- Logic Tags
- Bean Tags
- Template Tags
- ADVANCED FEATURES
- Map-Backed Form Beans
- APPLICATION PROPERTIES AND INTERNATIONALISATION
- Resource Bundles
- Using The Resource Properties
- Example Resource Bundle File
- ERROR HANDLING
- Adding Error Handling To An Application
- Displaying The Errors In The Jsp
- Non-Error Messages
- Actionerrors Before Struts 1.2
- Declarative Exception Handling
- Displaying Declarative Errors In Jsps
- VALIDATOR FRAMEWORK
- Validator Form Beans
- Validator Plugin
- Configuring The Validator
- Displaying Validator Errors In The Jsp
- Mutiple Rules
- Standard Rules
- Rule Variables
- Using Validation With DynaValidatorForms
- Configuring Tiles
- Tiles Tag Library
Practical sessions make up a large part of the course, allowing delegates to demonstrate and reinforce the lectures given.
Examples are used extensively, ranging from simple code 'snippets' to full applications with complete ‘real world’ functionality. These are supplied at the start of the course and it is encouraged that the delegates execute and ‘experiment’ with these under the instructor’s guidance as they are introduced.
These examples are available to take away, along with the delegate’s own work.
The comprehensive Student Guide supplied is fully indexed serving as a useful reference tool long after the course has finished. Delegates will also be able to access a free help-line with technical questions relating to topics covered on the course.