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How to let web designers "see" and QA JSP pages

 
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One thing that I haven't figured out a clean solution to after all these years is letting non-Java folks debug and QA their changes to JSP pages.

The key good think about JSP usage is that tools like Dreamweaver and stuff that the artists and UI folks like to use work well editing JSP pages. They play with EL and have fun.

For the Java side, its easy. Check out the source code from git, fire up Netbeans or Eclipse, and build and run the code.

But a typical graphic/UI designer, they don't have those tools and are not used to using them.

How do we get their edits into an executable? Do you use remote host, or run it on their machine?
Tips? Ideas?
 
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At one company we used to have a Tomcat running the web app accessible to the designers - so they could FTP their changes there, which would be reloaded and testable right away.
 
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That's about what I would think of setting up -- except that I'd give them a web-based upload page if they can't handle FTP.

But personally I've never worked anywhere where anyone but the engineering folks made edits to the pages.
 
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Bear Bibeault wrote: I've never worked anywhere where anyone but the engineering folks made edits to the pages.

Oh My Gosh, you let engineers do that? Shudder
 
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Tim Moores wrote:At one company we used to have a Tomcat running the web app accessible to the designers - so they could FTP their changes there, which would be reloaded and testable right away.


Can you run pages that are not in the WAR?
Or do they have to make a WAR and deploy it?
 
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We'd use Tomcat's "exploded WAR" approach, so they'd just have to upload the JSPs.
 
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Pat Farrell wrote:Oh My Gosh, you let engineers do that? Shudder

Doesn't mean the engineers designed the pages, just means they implemented the design :-)
 
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... and not all engineers are clueless buffoons.
 
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Bear Bibeault wrote:... and not all engineers are clueless buffoons.

I never said they were. Most engineers are smart, handsome, good lovers, clever, and technical.

Very few, however, are artistic.
 
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Tim Moores wrote:We'd use Tomcat's "exploded WAR" approach, so they'd just have to upload the JSPs.

I'll have to learn about this. Thanks
 
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Pat Farrell wrote:Most engineers are smart, handsome, good lovers, clever, and technical.

Check, check, check, check, and check! Oh, and I'm artistic as well! And I cook!

I'm not making enough money...



 
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