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From Joe Germuska <>
Subject Re: Struts Validation Framework
Date Thu, 01 Aug 2002 19:09:37 GMT
>I really like the foundation of the Validator framework but I don't 
>see some basic features
>that I constantly require.

Hm.  Sounds like a golden opportunity for you to increase your 
commitment to open source software?

Validator is part of the Commons project at Jakarta.  Odds are good 
that the things you want added or changed should be in the core 
validator project instead of the Struts layer which adapts validator 
to the struts framework.

Check out the source code from CVS.  Make sure it builds in your 
environment.  Make sure you can run all the unit tests successfully. 
Then fix validator wherever you think it needs it.  If you think your 
extensions will be useful to others, pos to the Apache Bug database 
with a description of what you've done and a patch which a committer 
can apply to the source tree.  (Of course, make sure that all of the 
existing unit tests still pass, and write new unit tests covering 
your new code if at all possible.)

If you aren't quite sure how to get where you want to go, or if you 
think your changes are big enough to need some discussion, post a 
message to the commons-dev mailing list.  Preface your message's 
subject line with "[validator]" so that it can be distinguished from 
other messages to the same list about other commons components. 
(Remember that commons-dev is for issues in developing the software; 
if your questions are more about how to use it, use the commons-user 
mailing list.)

This may sound like a lot of work, but if you think about the time 
you've saved already using Validator, maybe it's not so bad.  And if 
you think about the time you'll save overall compared to writing a 
validation framework from scratch, it's probably even better.

Commons project homepage:

commons-dev mailing list archive:

commons-user mailing list archive:

The Apache Bug Database:

Jakarta CVS Information:

* Joe Germuska    { }
"It's pitiful, sometimes, if they've got it bad. Their eyes get 
glazed, they go white, their hands tremble.... As I watch them I 
often feel that a dope peddler is a gentleman compared with the man 
who sells records."
	--Sam Goody, 1956
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