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The Java Malware

Yesterday I read a post by Jonathan Schwartz about a Java App Store. Again, I was hit by negative feelings, although most comments on that page are positive. I was hoping to have the Java runtime installation as silent as possible, as Flash does, instead we're going towards a malware-like installation. Too bad. I know that it has nothing to do with server-side development, but I'm afraid that the Java reputation will only get worse between end users and companies. I really hope I'll be proven wrong.

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My Thoughts About Java Web Frameworks

During the summer of 2004 I started writing my first web application: MeshCMS. I already had some background in JSP and a good knowledge of Java, but it was the first time for me to get the whole thing done. I decided to use what I already knew since I wanted to complete it in a short time: I was working as a freelance web designer/developer and I saw that many customers needed a CMS that was really easy to use. I tried many open source CMSes, but they were too complicated for end users.

It was a very formative experience: the application is still working and it is based on the original code. It has many of the issues that one could expect from such an application: JSPs contain Java code, the application flow is not clear and so on. This helped me to understand why web frameworks are a good thing, so I began another search: choosing a web framework.

I have a good knowledge of the HTTP request cycle, so an action framework should be OK, but all acition frameworks I tried…

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