I've decided that I need to broaden my skillset, so I've decided to try and learn struts. I've always preferred back-end applications development, so web applications have never held an interest to me, but seeing trends in programming has led me to suck it up and try it out.
The different frameworks that I've looked at were Ruby on Rails, PHP, and JSP. I decided on JSP/struts, since it seems to have built some momentum among my peers from UHM (I read your blogs once in awhile, even if ya'll don't remember me), and I figure if it's good enough for them, I should at least give it a shot.
So far, this is what I've accomplished:
* Installed jre and jdk se on my ubuntu server dev box
* Installed ant and tomcat
* Got a sample webapp from tomcat.apache.org running (Hello World!)
My next steps are to write my own simple webapps as a stepping stone to my overall goal, which is still a secret!
The last time I wrote a webapp was waaaay back in the .NET 1.0 days. Web technology has progressed since then, I have a lot of catching up to do.