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JSF 1.2 Components

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JSF 1.2 Components


Overview of this book

Today's web developers need powerful tools to deliver richer, faster, and smoother web experiences. JavaServer Faces includes powerful, feature-rich, Ajax-enabled UI components that provide all the functionality needed to build web applications in a Web 2.0 world. It's the perfect way to build rich, interactive, and "Web 2.0-style" Java web apps. This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the most popular JSF components available today and demonstrate step-by-step how to build increasingly sophisticated JSF user interfaces with standard JSF, Facelets, Apache Tomahawk/Trinidad, ICEfaces, JBoss Seam, JBoss RichFaces/Ajax4jsf, and JSF 2.0 components. JSF 1.2 Components is both an excellent starting point for new JSF developers, and a great reference and “how to” guide for experienced JSF professionals. This book progresses logically from an introduction to standard JSF HTML, and JSF Core components to advanced JSF UI development. As you move through the book, you will learn how to build composite views using Facelets tags, implement common web development tasks using Tomahawk components, and add Ajax capabilities to your JSF user interface with ICEfaces components. You will also learn how to solve the complex web application development challenges with the JBoss Seam framework. At the end of the book, you will be introduced to the new and up-coming JSF component libraries that will provide a road map of the future JSF technologies.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)
JSF 1.2 Components
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Creating a Facelets UI composition template

One of the more advanced features of the Facelets framework is the ability to define complex templates containing dynamic nested content.


What is a template?

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word "template" as "a gauge, pattern, or mold (as a thin plate or board) used as a guide to the form of a piece being made" and as "something that establishes or serves as a pattern." In the context of user interface design for the Web, a template can be thought of as an abstraction of a set of pages in the web application.

A template does not define content, but rather it defines placeholders for content, and provides the layout, orientation, flow, structure, and logical organization of the elements on the page. We can also think of templates as documents with "blanks" that will be filled in with real data and user interface controls at request time. One of the benefits of templating is the separation of content from presentation, making the...