Struts Considered Harmful

, Mar 30, 2005

I just have to get this off my chest, quickly, before I choke on it: Struts, probably the most widely used Java web application framework in the world, has got to be the most useless, time-wasting, confusing, bloated piece of crap I’ve ever encountered. In any programming language.

The pure horror of XML configuration file hell, mile-long stack traces, brain-dead pseudo-functionality, and the fact that I’ve wasted the last few hours of my life on implementing something that would have taken me about 3.5 minutes with something like Rails and maybe 30 minutes with a damn 50 line CGI script written in Perl, convinces me that Struts is the best way to drive Java programmers to switch to something more productive.

On March 30, 2005 10:41 PM, Marcel said:

I have found another useless tool in the last days which wasted so many time of my live: Hibernate! Why do we must have just another OO/ER-persitency layer. I feel that I have made e time leap back for 7 years when I was using TopLink or CocoBase. Why there is such a Hibernate-Hype?

On April 4, 2005 4:19 PM, filemon said:

Stefan, it’s all about using/choosing the right tool/way.