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From Wes Wannemacher <>
Subject Re: 'Best' Struts Development Envirnoment?
Date Tue, 24 Jan 2012 17:24:40 GMT
I have nothing but good things to say about IntelliJ IDEA's Struts 2
support... I have not used Struts 1 in a while, but I can tell you
that I really appreciate the following features:

1. It is aware that class files are Actions and/or spring beans.
Therefore, you can jump straight to the class's action configuration
or spring configuration.
2. Tag autocompletion. It is aware of the parameters for all of the tags.
3. OGNL awareness (I think this is new in IDEA 11), I believe it
matches variables back to properties on the action class, etc.

Some of the other features that make it a pleasure to use:
- proper support for maven (this is my primary problem with Eclipse)
- very intuitive debugger
- JPQL console


On Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 12:10 PM, Burton Rhodes <> wrote:
> I think this has been addressed before on this list, but I am wondering
> what you guys have found is the best environment to develop Struts.
> Currently I use Eclipse Indigo and don't really see any 'good' plugins.
> Since I use the XML method rather than annotations to map my actions, I
> find myself scrolling my incredibly long XML file to find the related
> action mappings. Surely there is a better way to do this?
> Also, a better auto complete feature for Struts tags in jsps would be nice.
> Am I willing to pay for software so I am not limited to eclipse for net
> beans. But the switch would need to offer a compelling reason to switch.
> Any advice would be welcome.
> Thanks, Burton

Wes Wannemacher

Head Engineer, WanTii, Inc.
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