Joe Walnes, Software Consultant, ThoughtWorks
Date: Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005
Time: 4:30pm - 5:15pm
A problem faced in every web application is how to separate style from content. SiteMesh is a framework that provides an elegant solution to this, resulting in a clean separation that is straightforward to work with, complements other web frameworks, and is easily applied to existing applications.
The first part of this session introduces SiteMesh, including an overview of the architecture and patterns, comparisons with other approaches, and how it can complement existing web frameworks (such as WebWork, Spring, and Struts).
The second part of this session demonstrates how SiteMesh can be blended with other technologies to form the foundation of a rich content management system that distinguishes between the specialized roles of users, their skills, and the most suitable tools. Content writers can use a word processor, web designers can use a WYSIWYG web development tool, and developers can use their IDE.
Allowing these different roles and tools to come together to produce one website is a trivial task with SiteMesh--allowing content management to be easily introduced to existing applications.
Finally, some of the advanced features of SiteMesh are discussed, such as real world tips and tricks, how to create custom strategies for which look and feel to apply, assembling pages from components and building portal style applications.
And for the first time, new features in SiteMesh 3 will be demonstrated, including extending the HTML processor, using it outside of SiteMesh, and offline support.