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From "David Graham" <>
Subject Re: Please help decide a religious discussion
Date Fri, 27 Sep 2002 14:17:29 GMT
The Action class...but the action should be asking a helper object for a 
list of whatever goes in your drop down.  It shouldn't know about the 
database directly.  So you might have in your action.execute():

List list = StateHelper.getStateList();
// put list in your form


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>To: "Struts Users Mailing List" <>
>Subject: Please help decide a religious discussion
>Date: Fri, 27 Sep 2002 09:13:35 -0500
>My team is currently at loggerheads about the correct place to put the
>database calls that are prepopulating our drop downs. We can not decide if
>they should be in the ActionForm or in the Action class. We are trying to
>stick them in the validate method in the ActionForm to make sure they are
>always called in instances where the form does not get to the action class
>(i.e. validation fails). But is this the correct way? I am thinking this is
>nothing new. What is the correct way to initialize drop downs?
>And then what about closing the database connection?
>I would much appreciate any help. It would make our Friday alot smoother.
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