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From David Greene <da...@securelink.com>
Subject Re: Which Struts Version To Use?
Date Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:43:59 GMT
Just from my personal experience, migrating from 2.3.x to 2.5.x was a very
small development task.  I was actually surprised at how few changes were
required.  As someone else mentioned, a little bit of regex to weed out the
now-unused tag arguments was probably the 'hardest' part.  I would
recommend just biting the (small) bullet and going with 2.5.x if Java 1.6
isn't required in your environment.

-David


On Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 1:11 AM, Lukasz Lenart <lukaszlenart@apache.org>
wrote:

> Bruce
>
> Struts 2.5.x is not only due to build on JDK7, also there were few
> important architectural changes which may be backward incompatible in
> some cases. Also 2.5.x brings more new features and improvements that
> also at some point can break backward comaptibility. 2.5.x is a good
> choice when you start a new development project or you need a ned
> feature which is available in 2.5.x only.
>
> That's why I keep 2.3.x branch just to port security fixes and allow
> easier transition to 2.5.x (or 2.6.x soon). There is no exact plans
> how long 2.3.x will be around, I do plan switch to JDK7 (lack of tools
> to support build on JDK6) and then 2.3.x will be branded as 2.4.x but
> still with the same scope - only security fixes. So 2.3.x/2.4.x will
> stay with us for longer :)
>
>
> Regards
> --
> Łukasz
> + 48 606 323 122 http://www.lenart.org.pl/
>
> PS. Please remember that Struts doesn't follow strict semantic
> versioning, "2" means "Struts 2" so Struts 2.5.x is "Struts 2 version
> 5.x" where Struts 2.3.x means "Struts 2 version 3.x" :)
>
> 2017-09-18 21:29 GMT+02:00 bruceaphillips@gmail.com <
> bruceaphillips@gmail.com>:
> > Thank you for the reply.
> >
> > I still don't understand why there are two active branches, especially
> since JDK7 was EOL some time ago.
> >
> > If the 2.3.X line is going to be ended soon and the 2.5.X line is the
> future then I'd like to get our Struts apps on 2.5.X
> >
> > But if 2.3.X is going to be maintained for the next 1-2 years then I'd
> feel comfortable updating to 2.3.X
> >
> > Another consideration is that all our newer web apps use Spring MVC and
> do not use Struts 2.  We only have some legacy web apps that still use
> Struts 2.  If the time commitment in converting from Struts 2.3.X to 2.5.X
> is high then we might as well just convert those apps to Spring MVC.
> >
> > It would be great if the Struts 2 PMC would publicly state what the
> future plan is for Struts 2 or if there is already a published plan please
> let know.
> >
> > Bruce
> >
> > On 2017-09-18 10:15, "Jason D. Burkert" <jason.burkert@craytek.com>
> wrote:
> >> On 2017-09-18 11:05 AM, Phillips, Bruce A wrote:
> >> > We still have a couple of web apps that are using Struts version
> 2.3.32
> >> >
> >> > We want to update those web apps to the latest version of Struts but
> I’m not sure what version to update to.
> >> >
> >> > I see a 2.5.13 and a 2.3.34 – both tags seem to be recently created.
> >> >
> >> > Should I update to 2.5.13 or should I stay on the 2.3.X line?
> >> >
> >> > Why are there different production tags (2.5.X and 2.3.X) ?
> >> >
> >> > Thank You,
> >> >
> >> > Bruce Phillips
> >> >
> >>
> >> Hello Bruce,
> >>
> >> If you have existing web apps using 2.3.32 it would be easiest to update
> >> to 2.3.34 for the latest security updates.
> >>
> >> In the future, to use the 2.5.x series, you'll need to perform some
> >> migration steps.  Review the Version Notes for 2.5 to get started,
> >> especially "Internal Changes" and "Package names have changed".
> >> https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/WW/Version+Notes+2.5
> >>
> >> As to why there are both 2.3.x series and 2.5.x series releases, my
> >> understanding is that one significant reason is "Struts2 is now build
> >> with JDK7" as of the first 2.5 release.
> >>
> >> -Jason
> >>
> >>
> >
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