This tutorial teaches you how to set up SiteMesh within a Java Web Development Environment and should take about 5 minutes or less.
Setup Web Application
If you are new to JEE development and plan to follow along with the Start Using SiteMesh in 10 Minutes tutorial, use the context root of cafe.
Install SiteMesh Manually
Installing SiteMesh into your web application consists of three steps,
- Add the SiteMesh library file to WEB-INF/lib
- Add the SiteMesh filter to web.xml
- Create a blank decorators.xml file
Setup Library File
Copy the SiteMesh jar file into your web application's WEB-INF/lib directory. In this example we downloaded SiteMesh 2.4.1 which uses the jar name, sitemesh-2.4.1.jar.
Add SiteMesh Filter
Add the following to WEB-INF/web.xml within the <web-app> tag,
Here is a sample web.xml,
Add Decorator Controller File
Create the a decorators.xml file in your WEB-INF directory,
If you start up your application server (container) and get no errors then SiteMesh is is ready to go. However, SiteMesh will not do anything yet. Continue to Start Using SiteMesh in 10 Minutes.