- Tutorial Based Learning (Trail, Live Demos) - make as short as possible
- Updating the documentation
- Modernizing the site for community feedback
- If accepted, provide input into a SiteMesh 3 website (once the code is GA)
At this stage I am putting together some sample content. Once there is enough content, the SiteMesh team will be contacted to determine if they want to endorse this wiki.
SiteMesh is a web-page layout system that abstracts the look and feel from the functionality of a web-application.
SiteMesh won't tread on your toes or force you to work in a certain way (except for cleaner) - you install and carry on working as before. It seamlessly fits in with existing frameworks.
Just try it! You'll be impressed with how it can simplify things.
Contents of this page are still being written.
Diagram showing simple content decorated into multiple sites...
Pitch (like a commercial),
- Reduce application code by
- Truly segregate look and feel from
- Why not just use includes?
Proposed Reorganization of Sections
- Getting Started with SiteMesh (Tutorials with live demos)
- Setup SiteMesh
- Start Using SiteMesh in 10 minutes
- SiteMesh Patterns
- SiteMesh versus Includes
- Production Grade Meshing
- Understanding Paths for Decorator Files
- Error Page Considerations
- Advanced SiteMesh
- Allow Pages to Specify Decorators
- Decorating with Parameters and Sessions
- Nested Decorators
- API Reference
- Bug Tracker
- About SiteMesh
- Sites Using SiteMesh
What is SiteMesh?
SiteMesh 3 has been officially released.
SiteMesh is a lightweight and flexible Java web application framework that applies the Gang of Four decorator pattern to allow a clean separation of content from presentation.
Work with the content of your website and have the appropriate look and feel applied (decorated) just before delivery to a PC or Mobile device.
- SiteMesh is easy to learn. 5 minutes to setup, and 10 minutes to start being useful.
- SiteMesh integrates quickly, just 4 files.
Why Use SiteMesh
Write your content once and present it in many different ways,
Let's Hear Some More
SiteMesh uses Filters introduced since Java Servlet version 2.3.
- SiteMesh intercepts responses to generated HTML and merges it with decorator(s) to build the final result.
- SiteMesh can be used in Java based web-applications, or applied to content as an offline job.
- Enterprise class web applications and products such as Atlasssian Confluence use SiteMesh.
For a good overview, see Mike Cannon-Brookes' PowerPoint presented at the Vegas Server Side Symposium.