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From Phil Zoio <>
Subject Re: announcing Java 5 Struts extension framework + name? + request for help
Date Fri, 10 Mar 2006 13:46:04 GMT

I have looked Beehive although I'm not really familiar with it at all. 
However, it does seem that Beehive is at a higher level of abstraction 
that the Struts extensions, and also broader in scope. For example, it 
has its own tag library as well as some quite new abstractions (such as 

The struts extensions I've been working on provide a pretty thin layer 
over existing Struts abstractions. For example, you still have actions 
configured in the struts-config.xml, but these could be POJOs 
implementing some application specific interface. Also, there aren't any 
new UI components/tags to speak of.


Niall Pemberton wrote:

>Have you looked at Apache Beehive, I'm not that familiar with it but its my
>understanding thats what they've done - combined struts and annotations:
>On the name, there is already an "stxx" project - maybe using "strexx" will
>cause confusion?
>----- Original Message ----- 
>From: "Phil Zoio" <>
>Sent: Friday, March 10, 2006 11:07 AM
>>I have been working on some extensions to Struts for Java 5 which I
>>would like to make publically available shortly under an Apache open
>>source licence. I think the extension offers to greatly enhance existing
>>Struts-based development for Java 5 users.
>>The key design goals of the framework extensions are:
>>- introduce no compatibility issues apart from Java 5
>>- simplify the action/form programming model
>>- offer or even improve on features offered by competitive frameworks
>>(declarative validation, data binding, dependency injection,
>>interceptors, etc)
>>- keep easy to learn for existing Struts users
>>The scope of the extension is indicated by the Key Features section
>>below. I plan to set up the source control environment (probably
>>SourceForge or and home page next week. Before doing so, I
>>need a PROJECT NAME:
>>I'm currently working on three names:
>>- StrutsPlus (one word): please let me know if you have a problem with
>>this particular choice
>>- Strexx (stands for Struts Extensions, of course. Not using "Strex"
>>because is not available)
>>- Strecks (a variation on Strexx)
>>I'll make additional posts next week when I have an environment, and
>>some docs and samples available. Also, I'd really appreciate any support
>>anyone is prepared to offer, in terms of advice, suggestions, comments
>>and particularly help!
>>Phil Zoio
>>Realsolve Solutions Ltd.
>>Key Features
>>- pure POJO action beans with zero framework dependencies
>>- action vs controller separation. Request processing logic is
>>encapsulated into Action controllers, simplifying action implementations
>>- annotation-based dependency injection (typed request parameters,
>>session attributes, Spring beans, and many others)
>>- various out of the box controller implementations
>>- control over action instatiation. e.g. make action bean
>>"spring-managed" by adding a single annotation!
>>- annotation-based form validators (XML and code-free)
>>- annotation-based data binding from form properties to domain model
>>- annotations for additional per-field control over type conversion
>>- converters and validators type-parameterized using Java 5 generics
>>- mechanisms for facilitating redirect after post
>>- out the box support for various mechanisms to Navigate to action forward
>>- additional navigation mechanisms pluggable using annotations
>>- pre and post action interceptors, with access to dependency resolved
>>action beans as well as full runtime context
>>- 100% extensibility in the sense that new validators, converters, data
>>binding mechanism, dependency injection mechanisms, etc. can be added
>>without changing any existing code or config!
>>- supports custom action annotations with no code or config file change
>>- Actions, form validation and data conversion easily testable with
>>plain unit tests - no test libraries required
>>- works on the unchanged Struts 1.2.x code base. 100% backward
>>compatibility, no migration issues
>>- Works with unchanged Struts tag libraries and configuration files
>>- works with StrutsTestCase
>>- no extra XML required
>>- requires Java 5
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