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The SSK (SiteMesh Starter Kit) will most likely be a combination of Eclipse SpringSource, Java, Tomcat SpringSource, SiteMesh, and the first 2 example tutorials all setup with no dependencies on the OS.

The goal is to be able to unzip, click start and see SiteMesh in action instantly.


I have having trouble packaging the application after it is setup. Until this is solved see the SiteMesh Starter Kit Build Notes.


If you are interested in how this was accomplished, read the SiteMesh Starter Kit Build Notes.


SSK for Windows 32-bit and 64-bit, 547MB. (coming soon)

Using the SiteMesh Starter Kit on Windows

The SiteMesh Starter Kit was put together to be as unobtrusive as possible. As such there is no installation.

Unzip the ssk folder to a root folder. For example C:\ or D:\.


You may use another folder, but some unzip programs will give you an error about long path names. This is a Windows limitation.

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

Starting, C:\SSK\sts-2.6.1.SR1\STS.exe will launch your development environment as shown below,

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,

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

Finally, 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,

Importing More Tutorials

To keep things simple for developers new to both SiteMesh and Java web applications, subsequent tutorials are not included in the SSK. Instead they are packaged as WAR files and can be imported. You will find the WAR files for tutorials at the end of each tutorial.


To do, put steps for deleting and importing new sitemesh war files.