Vita Rara: A Life Uncommon

Spring

Frustrating Days in Quadran Land


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The past week or so has been one of frustration. It seems like I have been working on working. I've been setting up Spring, and WebWork, creating the skeleton of WebWork action classes. All in all a lot of busy work.

In the course of creating the JPA implementation of our data layer I used the JpaDaoSupport from the Spring framework. This caused some boot strapping issues when I went to get all of this running under JBoss 4.0.4.GA. The persistence archive deployed perfectly, but it was bear from that point out getting the DAO's to work. I think I have it figured out, and will post a HOWTO once I have it all working.

Web Frameworks


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Some history. I've worked on two major projects in the past few years. One of them was written using the Enhydra presentation framework with XMLC. The other one, which I had a large part in specifying, but not writing, uses Struts for the web framework.

So, now that I'm starting with a clean sheet I'm taking a serious look at what is out there. My original inclination was to use Struts 1.2 and then back my way into another frame work down the road. I figured that in the long run we'd likely port to JSF.

Well, I've spent a lot of time with "Professional Java Development with the Spring Framework" by Rod Johnson, et. al., over the past week and I really like what I'm reading. It has me seriously rethinking my decision to use Struts 1.2.

Spring


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I'll keep this short today. I need to go get food. Must feed the brain.

I'm spending the weekend with "Professional Java Development with the Spring Framwork." I'm in chapter 3, and I'm impressed both with the book and with Spring. Considering that it's been some time since I've architected a Java Enterprise application it's been interesting reading. Many of the things I was working on in my head have already been accomplished in Spring.

That's all for now. More later.

Frameworks, API's, Interfaces.... Oh My! Defining a Foundation


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One of the most important issues when starting a new project is the question of what tools, frameworks, and libraries are you going to use. In the past when starting a new project I take some time and survey the lay of the land. Well.. it's day one and I have been closely surveying the lay of the land.

It has been my intention that I would be using EJB 3.0 for this project, at least for the persistence layer. I have been looking at it for some time. I still feel comfortable with that decision. I've looked at Hibernate, which was the other possibility, but I think that EJB 3.0 will do for us.

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