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From Vic <>
Subject Re: Struts development methodology
Date Wed, 15 Sep 2004 01:05:02 GMT
Struts works great for this. I assume you have a CVS, and then leverage 
the HTML people to write and maintain your JSP pages. They can use the 
html input tags or what ever, and DW has plugins for JSP tag libs, any 
and all.
The java People can write formbeans that map to the html forms and unit 
test CRUD.
The layered development, done all the time just like that.

Victor Grazi wrote:
> We are developing an important struts application for a major bank, and we 
> need some advice on methodology...
> Our graphic designers are developing the UI in HTML using Dreamweaver and 
> Notepad. (They are gifted artists, but they don't much know about Struts or 
> JSTL).
> We also have Java developers who are concurrently creating the Struts 
> pieces.
> Question is - how do you synch up the work of these 2 teams?
> One approach would be to give the Java team the html pages and have them 
> translate the tags to struts. However this becomes difficult to maintain, 
> because if the graphics team makes a few small changes, the entire page 
> needs to be retranslated to struts.
> Another approach would be to download a Dreamweaver plugin such as FWA 
> Visual Struts. We tested that approach and we were actually able to get the 
> tags to render in Dreamweaver. However the artists always need to view the 
> pages in MS Internet Explorer before signing off, and since the Java 
> classes don't exist yet, they can't do that.
> We considered another approach where we would create an XSLT transform to 
> transform the html pages to a struts equivalent, and embed struts specific 
> info into the document using some tags that would not be recognizable to 
> the browser. However this is difficult since there is not really a 1 to 1 
> correspondence between tags and attributes.
> Ok, so those were our ideas, none of them great.
> So can you give us any advice?
> Thanks,
> Victor

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