What To Do With Myself Partially Solved

Recently, I stated that I did not know what to do with myself in my free time, or what to work on WRT technology, since there is a lot to work on.

I started looking at Struts 2. It’s Java, it uses POJOs and claims to be thread-safe. I have heard that it is used where I work, and I may get hired full-time, and so I thought it would be a good idea to look into it.

But when I go to http://struts.apache.org/release/2.3.x/docs/unit-testing.html, I got a warning pop-up window saying: “Syntax Highlighter: Can’t find brush for: xml”. I really hate it when projects have bad documentation.

I mentioned this on the list. Someone responded that you can find good docs at http://struts.apache.org/development/2.x/docs/getting-started.html. Notice that it is not a doc for a numbered release. There might be a link to that directory of files, but I could not see it anywhere. Someone else pointed out that this is a bad practice, and the developer who first answered my post said that it would be fixed in the next release. “Soon.”

Whenever that is.

There is also a notice that they are starting to work on the next release of Struts, and it will break backwards compatibility. Perhaps I should just hold off on Struts 2 for the time being.

I noticed that there were a lot of plug-ins for IDEs for Struts 1, and a lot more tutorials online for Struts 1 than Struts2, even long after Struts 2 was released. In many ways Struts 2 looks better. Yet it did not get as much attention.

So I think for now I will look at Groovy and Grails in more detail. There are a couple of Groovy books that have become available for free online. One is the new edition of Venkat Subramaniam’s “Programming Groovy” (at http://www.it-ebooks….), and the other is “Beginning Groovy, Grails and Griffon” (at http://www.it-ebooks….). I need to get a better understanding of closures/lambdas, since I think they will have a big effect on Java 8. Everyone raves about them, but they mostly seem to be used for looping or iterating.