And the winner is …

I shouldn’t be premature because I haven’t evaluated JSF yet, but so far Stripes is looking like a clear winner for me in the Java web MVC framework race.

My thumbnail description of Stripes would be that it’s like Struts 2, but without the warts, moles, and scars.

It looks like everything you’ll need is provided for. They don’t reinvent the wheel; for example, in the jsp files it uses EL and you can use the standard JSTL tags (core, format, etc.), and they have their own Stripes tags for forms and whatnot. The coding convention is straightforward. Almost all configuration is done with annotations in your code; there’s a small bit of global configuration in the web.xml.

It’s quite pleasant to work with.

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