Link to posts criticizing JSP Taglibs as scriptlets in disguise
Posted on 2004-08-15
I am looking for an article or post I am sure I saw (or maybe it is in a book and someone can recall which one) where some taglibs, such as the JSTL "c" namespace tags, are criticized as scriptlets in disguise, because they still just offer the same control functionality as the java language rather than really representing some presentation semantic.
I am currently working in a small company and a new team-member is strongly suggesting we all move away from scriptlets to tags. While to some degree this notion has merit, we do not really have a situation in which there are non-programmers doing JSPs, nor do we have significant trouble maintaining a clear separation of logic from presentation in most cases. Additionally, some members of the team have claimed to experience performance issues significant enough to abandon the use of tag libraries in the past.
We haven't the time to do extensive prooof-of-concept work, nor are we certain we could cover enough scenarios, to establish the pros/cons adequately enough to dissent or acquiesce on our own.
I'd like links to relevant articles evaluating the design and performance characteristics of taglibs, NOT to tutorials on their creation or use (that knowledge we have or know already).
Of course, experts opinions and experience with tags vs. scriptlets is also appreciated, but please...something beyond the repeating of the cliches about separation of business logic and presentation, etc. I want real-world anectdotes and informed opinions based on experience, not quotes from the current mass media expounding the virtues of the latest technologies and design fads (patterns).
I'll split points among the most helpful posts. THANKS!!!!