In the Ready, Set, Go! lesson, we download the framework and get started on an application of our own.
Download the Distribution
A distribution can be downloaded from the Apache Struts website. The full distribution contains the
struts2-core.jar file,related dependencies, example applications, a copy of the documentation in HTML format, and the complete source code.
Our First Application
To get started with a new application, we can use the blank template, run the Maven archetype, or set up a web infrastructure from scratch.
Using the Blank Application
The blank web application in the distribution's
apps directory is meant as a template. We can make a copy of the "blank.war", deploy it to our container, and use the exploded copy as the basis for our application. There is even a simple batch file in the source code directory that we can use to recompile the application in place.
Run the Maven Archetype
For those of us using Maven as a build system, we can use the Maven Archetype to create a new application.