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I am going to put here a zip that contains the complete package, Eclipse, Java, Tomcat, SiteMesh and the example projects all setup with no dependencies on the OS.

The reader will be able to unzip, click Eclipse and see SiteMesh in action and use the same environment to follow the tutorials.

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,

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