Just a small post on the framework thats behind yourmitra.com
I had experience on struts 1 but never wanted to use it for my site. I was never a fan of struts. It was tedious to build a single function with all the config, form bean and action class stuff. Once your web application grows it becomes a nightmare maintaining a large source base and a large config file. Struts 2 got released at about the same time and there were mixed reports so skipped it.
So I started looking around for a new web application framework that can help me build yourmitra.com in quick time and without me worrying too much about the low-level details. Stripes stood out from the frameworks that I had studied mostly due to its simplicity and good documentation.
I did a POC and could get it done pretty quick just by following the bugzooky sample that comes along with the distribution. I was pretty impressed with how I dont have to write form beans to carry my form data and how I dont have to modify a config file to let the framework know what to do with a request and I was also very impressed with its ability to do simple validations based on annotations. And most importantly I could use my domain classes directly. There are few problems though with validations – the framework is ok for simple checks but not good enough for anything little more than basic. Performance has been ok so far.
Even though its very impressive the community for stripes seems to be very small and I see the interest also weaning. Going through the stripes home page at http://mc4j.org/confluence/display/stripes/Home I see that there are not many blogs about stripes and not too many articles from specialists. These will be very important for a framework to survive and I will have to keep a close watch on how it progresses as I have more complex functionality to be built and I would not like to using a framework that nobody else knows about.
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