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Getting started in JSP programming... again.

 
Chris Stewart
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It's been about 5 years since I've done any web programming in Java. Back then it was all about JSPs and Servlets. Struts was pretty new and life was good.

Well, I'm going to be getting back into it shortly and I'd like to get started a little early. Does anyone know of a good tutorial that will help me get an environment set up using Eclipse on OS X? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
 
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I'm not sure of any tutorials. but setting up IDEs and servers such as Tomcat on OS X is a breeze. We have a Mac OS forum here that you can use for any Mac-specific questions. (Good choice, by the way).

If you're getting back into the JSP game after a bunch of years, be aware that much has changed! Scriplets and scriplet expressions are passe, and have been replaced with the EL and JSTL. Web application structure and patterns are better understood.

I've written some articles for the JavaRanch Journal that might be helpful. Click on the "About Bear" link in my sig for a page that has links to those articles.

Personally I'd avoid using any of the large frameworks (Struts, JSF, Spring) until you get your mind wrapped around the new concepts and can decide whether you need them or not (more and more people are deciding that they don't).

And of course, this forum is a great place to post questions.
 
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