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An addition to spring-mvc that simplifies building complex forms
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Shept provides a tiny add-on to spring-mvc for form-based web applications that allow extendible forms. Instead of writing complete forms with a fixed job you'll write snippets that compose to forms and that can be rearranged in a simple fashion.

Shept focuses on Data-grids as a default form element for all create-read-update-delete form operations within the same form that allows an almost code-free initial fully functional protoype of your web application.

In particular you don't need to create different forms for viewing / paging and editing / creating entities - it all happens in one step.

Shept incorporates ideas from '4GL' frameworks that were popular in the late 90's and that got a reputation for building enterprise applications in a rapid prototyping fashion.

Read more in the Feature documentation

Look at the Online examples

Shept-core is also available from the Maven repositories.

Shept implementation basics

Shept is deeply integrated with spring-mvc and hibernate / hibernate-annotations.

Infrastructure provisions

  1. The SheptController supports a notion of springs 'formbackingObject' that's actually an array of objects where each index represents a segment of the page
  2. A couple of Handlers to support page segment actions (paging, sorting, filtering, create-update-save transactions, ...)
  3. A layered architecture of PageableList MultiChoice and Refreshable along with their default implementations for datagrid-handling: PageListHolder ChoiceListHolder FilteredListHolder as default 'indexed backingObjects'
  4. A set of view templates (jsp- tagx- templates) designed to use springs 'spring' and 'form' tag libraries with the provided form elements
  5. providing consistent stylesheet markup for custom stylesheets and javascript
  6. Default stylesheets illustrated by silk icons
  7. A set of utility classes and default configurations

Follow the Getting started documentation

Read more about Spring integration and [Hibernate integration][hibernate integration}

Shept History

Shept has been developed in a couple of web projects since 2008. While early versions of shept were deeply integrated with those custom projects shept has been made available in early 2011 as a separate library under Apache 2 licence.

Shept is short for

  • Spring
  • Hibernate
  • Eclipse
  • Postgres
  • Tomcat

While Eclipse, Postgres and Tomcat are not mandatory parts we are referring to those environments in the documentation and the examples.

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