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Struts Kick Start by Kevin Bedell, James Turner

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The Parable of the Carpenter

Anyone who has been around the software integration business for a while can attest to one truism. The choices you make at the beginning of your project, when you’re assembling the toolkit that will provide the foundation of your endeavor, are some of the most crucial.

Imagine you’re building a house. You have a 2×4 that you want to nail to a beam. There are people out there who, lacking a hammer, would grab the nearest rock and start wailing away. Others, distrustful of store-bought hammers, would construct a forge and fashion their own hammer to their own precise specifications. Still other people might rush down to their local hardware store and buy the fanciest laser-leveled battery-powered auto-hammer they could ...

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