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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

Chapter 5. ICEfaces Components

The ICEfaces component library is a robust and feature-rich Ajax component library for the JSF framework. ICEfaces boasts a collection of over 50 truly impressive JSF components that are fully Ajax enabled, giving developers all the advantages of asynchronous UI behavior with none of the overhead of writing cross-browser compatible JavaScript.

In this chapter, we will examine a number of common use cases in web application development and how to implement them using the ICEfaces component library. The topics we will cover include:

  • Receiving input from users

  • Creating navigation and pop-up menus

  • Using tree components

  • Displaying data in tables

  • Rendering charts

  • Laying out components with panels

  • Creating a tabbed user interface

  • Working with modal dialogs

Receiving input from users

The ICEfaces component library includes Ajax-enabled versions of the standard JSF HTML components. These components exhibit more sophisticated rendering behavior, allowing developers to implement...