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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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Displaying data

The combination of the JBoss Seam framework, the RichFaces component library, and the Ajax4jsf component library is an excellent set of technologies for implementing dynamic data-driven JSF applications. RichFaces provides a number of components that support a range of data-oriented tasks, such as rendering a data table, sorting data, pagination, complex data tables, and more.

Rendering a data table

One of the most important data components in the RichFaces component library is the RichFaces data table component rendered by the<rich:dataTable> tag. This component is an extended version of the standard JSF data table component, so the two components have many of the same attributes. RichFaces also provides the<rich:column> tag that renders an extended version of the standard JSF HTML column component and provides rich behavior such as the ability to sort in ascending or descending order, the ability to filter the data in the column, column and row span attributes...