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From "Craig R. McClanahan" <craig...@apache.org>
Subject [ANNOUNCE] Struts-JavaServer Faces Integration Library -- Early Access Version Now Available
Date Fri, 07 Mar 2003 04:17:03 GMT
I'm happy to announce the immediate availability of an integration library
that allows you to use the recently published EA3 release of JavaServer
Faces <http://java.sun.com/j2ee/javaserverfaces/> with a recent Struts
build (nightly build 20030216 or later, or the upcoming 1.1-rc2 or final
release).  Nightly builds of this package are available at:

  http://jakarta.apache.org/builds/jakarta-struts/nightly/struts-faces/

The sources for this package are in the "contrib/struts-faces"
subdirectory of the "jakarta-struts" CVS repository.

You should take note of the following important points:

* The design goal of this library was to allow Struts application
  developers to migrate the view tier of their applications from the
  existing Struts tags, to pages that use corresponding JavaServer Faces
  component tags, with no changes to the corresponding business logic.
  This goal has been substantially achieved for simple applications
  so far; additional work will be necessary for more advanced apps.
  As a proof of concept, the JavaServer Faces based version of the
  canonical "struts-example" web application is included in the
  distribution, so that you can see for yourself how little had to be
  changed.

* The integration library has been tested under Tomcat 4.1.18 and
  the Java Web Services Developer Pack (version 1.0_01), although in
  principle it should run on any Servlet 2.3/JSP 1.2 container.
  (It will not run on Servlet 2.2/JSP 1.1 containers).

* There is a known issue when trying to run JavaServer Faces EA3
  under the recently released Java Web Services Developer Pack
  (version 1.1).  Watch the JavaServer Faces web page (at the URL
  listed above) for up-to-date information on workarounds.

* The JavaServer Faces distribution is an EA release, not suitable for
  use in production environments.  In addition, the license terms
  under which it can be downloaded prohibit redistribution.  Therefore,
  you will need to download your own copy of JavaServer Faces EA3 and
  integrate it with the example application before it can be deployed.

* The integration library should also be considered to be of alpha
  quality, not suitable for production use.  There are a set of known
  issues and limitations at the bottom of the README.txt file.  Please
  file bugs against this package in the usual Bugzilla location:

    http://nagoya.apache.org/bugzilla/

* For generic questions about JavaServer Faces (i.e. not related to this
  integration library), your best resource is the JavaServer Faces forum
  (free registration required) at:

    http://forum.java.sun.com/forum.jsp?forum=427

See the README.txt file in the top-level subdirectory for more information
about installing and using this release.

Craig McClanahan


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