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Setup Eclipse using Struts



Information
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Operating system used
Windows XP Home Edition Version 5.1 SP 2

Software prerequisites
Struts 1.2.6 or higher
Eclipse version 3.0.2 or higher


Procedure
  1. Download and unzip struts-1.2.6.zip.
    For example: C:\Tools\struts-1.2.6

  2. Create an empty directory.
    For example: C:\unzipped_struts

  3. Copy C:\Tools\struts-1.2.6\webapps\struts-blank.war to C:\unzipped_struts

  4. Unpack struts-blank.war.

    Type: cd C:\unzipped_struts
    Type: jar xvf struts-blank.war

  5. Remove and move certain files:

    • Move ..\WEB-INF\src\java\MessageResources.properties to ..\WEB-INF\src\MessageResources.properties
    • Delete directory ..\WEB-INF\src\java
    • Delete build.xml and README.txt in ..WEB-INF\src
    • Delete C:\unzipped_struts\struts-blank.war

  6. Create project cma in Eclipse:
    • Start Eclipse.
    • Select Java perspective.
    • Right click in the "Package Explorer" window.
    • Select menu: New | Project.
    • Expand Java folder.
    • Select Tomcat Project and press Next button.
    • Enter Project name: cma
      Use default project: C:\workspace_tomcat\cma
      Press Next button
    • Context name = /cma
      Can update server.xml file is enabled.
      Subdirectory to set as web application root = /
      Press Finish button.
    • The cma project folder is created.



  7. Import files from C:\unzipped_struts into the cma project:
    • Right click on cma project folder.
    • Select Import.
    • Select "File system" and press Next button.
    • Browse to directory: C:\unzipped_struts
      Select checkbox unzipped_struts
      Select "Created selected folders only".
      Press Finish button.

  8. Set the properties for the cma project:
    • Right click on cma project folder.
    • Select Properties.
    • Select "Java Build Path"
    • Select tab Source.
      • Verify if "Source folders on build path" = cma/WEB-INF/src, cma/work
      • Verify if "Default output folder" = cma/WEB-INF/classes
    • Select tab Libraries.
      • Press button "Add JARs".
      • Goto cma/WEB-INF/lib
      • Select all jar files.
      • Press OK button twice.

  9. Directory C:\unzipped_struts in not needed and can deleted.

  10. Select menu: Tomcat | Start Tomcat.

  11. In a web browser enter: http://localhost:8080/cma

    A welcom page is displayed.