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From Aaron Longwell <>
Subject Newbie.... Best Practices for ActionForms
Date Mon, 02 Jun 2003 15:38:30 GMT
I am beginning my first Struts project with this setup:

mySQL Database
Tomcat 4
OJB (ObjectRelationalBridge)

My questions:

1) What is the best practice for the properties in an ActionForm bean? 
Because HTTP sends everything from forms as strings, do I make all 
properties Strings, then convert them in the Action (after validating of 

2) I am using a mySQL DateTime column in the database. What is the best 
practice for editing these values via Struts? Do I put a java.util.Date 
proeprty in the Action form? Or do I use a String (as in Q #1) and then 
do a conversion in the Action?

I am building an event manager... so the StartDate (actually 
StartDateTime) and EndDate (EndDateTime) are central to this 
application. I have not seen any examples of people editing DateTime or 
even Date values in a struts application.

Could someone with experiece in this area give me a brief explanation of 
the recommended workflow for editing dates?

Aaron Longwell

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