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From Shrinivas Parashar <>
Subject RE: Wizard (multipage flow) with Struts 2
Date Wed, 01 Feb 2012 13:39:24 GMT
Thanks eric for the information.
I was looking for interceptor based approach where struts would handle putting model in the
session, retrieving from the session, removing from session at the end of wizard. Scope interceptor
provides similar thing, but this does not work with modeldriven actions.


-----Original Message-----
From: Eric Lentz [] 
Sent: 01 February 2012 18:46
To: Struts Users Mailing List
Subject: Re: Wizard (multipage flow) with Struts 2

> Has anyone developed Wizard in Struts 2 without using Spring webflow 

I have done it with and without jQuery, but find that the jQuery form 
wizard plug-in [1] is by far the easiest. In short, you create a div each 
to represent each step and add class="step" to the div, and you're pretty 
much done as far as the wizard coding is considered. The plug-in handles 
breaking the form into multiple wizard steps. Then the wizard pages look 
like 1 big form to Struts 2 when the last page is submitted (the plug-in 
handles making the last page a submit). Validations can be handled via the 
validation plug-in. You probably want a paranoid validation step at the 
action level. If there is an error there, that the jQuery validation 
didn't catch, then there was probably some outside manipulation (if you 
did validations correctly) and a generic error message, outside of the 
wizard, would be acceptable and probably never seen by the average user.

If you don't use jQuery, then just store the object you're dealing with 
(model) in the session and iteratively update it at the end of each wizard 
step. If there is more than just the one model object, then store a DTO in 
the session and call that your model. That's essentially how I did it 
anyway, without going into every gory detail which I don't really have 
time for.


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