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The Bootstrap tutorial walks through installing the framework and creating a simple application.
For more about supporting technologies, see the Key Technologies Primer.
In the Ready, Set, Go! lesson, we download the framework and get started on an application of our own.
A distribution can be downloaded from the Apache Struts website. The full distribution contains the
struts2-core.jar file,related dependencies, example applications, a copy of the documentation in HTML format, and the complete source code.
To get started with a new application, we can use the blank template, run the Maven archetype, or set up a web infrastructure from scratch.
The blank web application in the distribution's
apps directory is meant as a template. We can make a copy of the "blank.war", deploy it to our container, and use the exploded copy as the basis for our application. There is even a simple batch file in the source code directory that we can use to recompile the application in place.
For those of us using Maven as a build system, we can use the Maven Archetype to create a new application.
For directions on using the Struts 2 archetypes see the Struts 2 Maven Archetypes page.
If for some reason the blank template or archetype doesn't work out, it's not so hard to setup a Struts 2 application from scratch. For details, see Simple Setup.