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From Michael Jouravlev <jmi...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Implementing Wizards
Date Thu, 27 Oct 2005 22:42:22 GMT
On 10/27/05, Ross Gibb <ragibb@ucalgary.ca> wrote:
> I know this comes up from time to time and yes I have read the previous
> posts on implementing wizard like interfaces.  As a result of previous
> posts I decided to give Struts Workflow Extension a shot,
> http://www.livinglogic.de/Struts/.  I implemented a simple five screen
> wizard like interface for adding a new user to my system.  I did get it
> to work the way I wanted.  However, I found that using Struts Workflow
> Extension was often counter-intuitive and at times frustrating.  Also, I
> am using Struts 1.2.7 and I will have to make a few bug fixes to the
> Struts Workflow Extension code to make it work properly.
>
> My question is: has anyone used Struts Workflow Extension and then
> switched to another wizard tool kit and found it to be superior to
> Struts Workflow Extension?  I am specifically looking for input from
> people who have actually used Struts Workflow Extension because even
> though I knock it, I did get it to work the way I wanted it to and I am
> reasonably sure I can easily fix the bugs I am experiencing with it.

So, did you also try this:
http://struts.sourceforge.net/strutsdialogs/wizardaction.html
If you did, did you find it counterintuitive? complex? not doing what
you want? I would really appreciate the feedback.

I tried Struts Workflow Extension before, I was not completely
satisfied with it, because it is based on artificial steps, not on
model state. I even wrote a short comparison:
http://www.jroller.com/comments/javadujour/Weblog/spring_web_flow_vs_struts
Also, with SWE you can use navigation buttons, and then wizard will
bite you, telling that you cannot do it. But sometimes you can get SWE
wizard out of sync.

Michael.

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