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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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Creating navigation and pop-up menus

In Human Machine Interface (HMI) design, navigation menus present a useful "affordance" by which users can interact with a system, much like door handles allow access to rooms in a building in the real world.

ICEfaces includes a useful set of navigation menu components that can be combined to create simple but effective navigation menus, both statically and dynamically. In our first example, we will look at how to create a navigation menu with submenus in our JSF page.

Creating a horizontal navigation menu with submenus

The ICEfaces menu components support both a horizontal and a vertical orientation. Menus can be nested to create submenus, and menu items can be statically declared or dynamically bound to a backing bean property. In the following example, the product's menu item and its submenus are dynamically bound to a collection in our backing bean.

<ice:menuBar orientation="horizontal">
<ice:menuItem value="Home" />
<ice:menuItem value...