Tutorial - step 3: create actions and views

Creating first action

Enter initialization package (double-click on Initialization node).

Click on "struts2" button:

On properties panel, fill action properties as follows:

Fill fields:

  • Action Name: it is the name attribute in struts2 action. This name is used in URL to call the specified Action.
  • Node Label: a text that is displayed on the graph.
  • Package: The struts2 package where this action should be dropped. Leave empty to keep default.
  • Action class: a class that implements this action (you can click the browse button to choose an existing class).
  • Action method: the method that is called on this action.

Then click ok.

Then double-click on the created node. This open a new Java Class creation wizard:

This creates a new class, and automatically add the init() method:

Note: you can close the Action class. When you simply double-clicks on action node, plugin automatically opens Java source, and focuses on the init() method.

Creating first view

First of all, create a jsp directory inside WebContents. (This operation is not mandatory but it provides a clearer organization of code, because all JSP will be stored under this directory).

Then click on the Jsp view button on tool-bar:

Fill view properties on properties panel:

And click ok...

Double-click on the created node. It opens new JSP wizard (or it opens JSP if it already exists).

Create your JSP using any provided template:

Instead of classic struts2 taglibs, MVC Web Project provides an extended set of struts taglibs that facilitate use of links between views and other actions. Add the following taglib:

  <%@ taglib uri="/alveole-struts2" prefix="s" %>

To fasten your developments, you may add the following JSP template in eclipse:

  <%@ page language="java" contentType="text/html; charset=UTF-8"
  <%@ taglib uri="/alveole-struts2" prefix="s" %>
  <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">
  <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8">
  <title>Insert title here</title>


Linking action to view

Creating links from actions to views is interpreted as an action mapping. Links of this type are named, and name is used for action mapping.

Create a link from struts2 node to view node (click link button, drag'n drop link from struts node to JSP view and fill lin properties). Name it "success":

Note that since v0.2.0, you may specify specific parameters in this link. These parameters are copied on action's result in struts2 file.

Then click OK:

By returning "success" in Action.init(), the created link is followed to displayed the target view.