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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
About the Author
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Enabling Ajax functionality

One of the most enticing features of the Trinidad component library is its support for Ajax. Many Trinidad components support Ajax functionality out of the box, and do not require any JavaScript coding or knowledge of Ajax techniques on the part of developers. In Trinidad terminology, the Ajax behavior of these components is known as Partial Page Rendering, or PPR for short.

Implementing Ajax-enabled JSF pages with Trinidad components is a two-step process. The first step is identifying which components should fire events asynchronously. The second part of the process is identifying which components should be updated in response to the events that fired asynchronously.

In some cases, the Ajax behavior of Trinidad components is built-in and is automatically enabled, requiring no additional effort from the developer. Some of these components include table and tree table components, the date chooser component, the poll component, and the Trinidad dialog framework...