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From Ted Husted <hus...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Struts Tools
Date Thu, 21 Nov 2002 01:10:33 GMT
11/20/2002 2:46:08 PM, "Craig R. McClanahan" <craigmcc@apache.org> 
wrote:
>I think it is time to start packaging tools and generators with
>Struts to help the developer -- either as standalone packages 
>included for convenience, or integrated into the architecture of 
>the package.  

As it stands, there is already a very healthy "add-in" marketplace 
for Struts. I think this is one reason why Struts has become so 
popular, and anything we do should be with an eye toward expanding 
the universe of Struts extensions.

Personally, I am vastly impressed by the community support for 
Eclipse plug-ins. I wold very much like to help create the same 
sort of environment for Struts. I am also vastly impressed by the 
way some Maven-based packages (like Jelly) are able to 
automatically download whatever JARs they need. 

What I would like to work toward is an environment where there is 
a distinct Struts core, accompanied by a number of easy-to-install 
standard options (Tiles, Validator, Struts-EL, Console, and so 
forth).

Of course, any third-party options would be just as easy to 
install as the "standards" maintained by the Struts Committers. An 
important idea would be that when we provide standard options, we 
are also demonstrating how others can plug-in their own options 
instead. 

-Ted.



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