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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
About the Reviewers

Creating navigation menus

One of the strengths of the Trinidad framework is the ease with which it enables us to implement complex navigation menus. Trinidad includes a number of useful components designed for this purpose.

Rendering a navigation tree

The CoreNavigationTree component is rendered by the<tr:navigationTree> tag and provides a hierarchical navigation menu that can be bound to a model object provided by a backing bean or to an XML file containing metadata about the navigation structure of the application.

Like the CoreTree component, this component can be bound to a model representing hierarchical data, however the CoreNavigationTree component expects a model of type MenuModel. The MenuModel interface extends the TreeModel interface and adds the ability to associate a view with an element in the tree structure.

This enables the navigation tree component to be aware of the various views in the application and to highlight, enable, disable, and otherwise manipulate the appearance...