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The SSK (SiteMesh Starter Kit) is a complete developer environment development package to quickly get started with SiteMesh and see a working demonstrations of the first 2 example tutorials with no dependencies on the OS.

Download, unzip, launch and import cafe.war to see SiteMesh in action instantly.


Microsoft Windows unzip program will not work. Consider the free 7-Zip, Winzip or WinRAR.


For the keeners, read Portable Development Environment to learn how the understand what SSK is put togetherexactly composed of.

Table of Contents


Using the SiteMesh Starter Kit on Windows


For the rest of this tutorial we will assume you are using the folder C:\apps\ssk.

Start the IDE (Integrated Development Environment)

Starting, C:\apps\ssk\sts-2.8.0.RELEASE\STS.exe will launch your development environment as shown below,.

You will be asked to select a workspace location. This will be where your web application files will be kept. The default is fine,

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Import cafe WAR File

Import cafe.war which contains the first two tutorials.,

Click File, Import... which will result in an import dialog box,

Expand the Web folder by clicking on the selection arrow and select WAR file.


Browse to the cafe.war file and select it,

Click Finish.

After import you can During import you will be asked to open the Java EE perspective,

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Click Yes.

Optional - Clean Up View

By default the IDE hides the real directory structure.

Click Window, Show View, Navigator.

In the Navigator Window, expand the cafe folder to see the sample sitemesh application in your workspace,


Launch the Default Example

By default, SSK includes the very first two tutorials,

Following through the tutorials the last step is to start the application server and browse to menu.jsp.

To do this with the SSK, right click on the file menu.jsp and choose Run on Server,


This might take a about a minute so please be patient.

You will then be prompted to select a Server. The defaults are fine. Click the Finish button,

Finally, there There will be a Spring Insight and depending on your Windows setup a Windows Firewall dialog as shown,

Select No to the Spring Insight and if prompted Allow Access to the Windows Firewall dialog.

If everything succeeds you will see the following screen,

More Tutorials

As more tutorials are built they will be posted in subsequent articles. This depends on your feedback. If you would like to see more let us know.



At this point SiteMesh is setup and working. Go straight to Start Using SiteMesh in 10 Minutes to start being productive.

After that, read up on Setup Mesh in 5 Minutes for configuration into your own web application.