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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


In this chapter, we explored how the RichFaces and Ajax4jsf component libraries can be combined to create next generation JSF applications using the full Java EE technology stack. We looked at examples of how to accept user input using a range of advanced components, such as the in-place input and in-place select, number slider, number spinbox, calendar, color picker, combo box, suggestion box, pick list, and rich text editor RichFaces components.

The JBoss RichFaces and Ajax4jsf component libraries add a wealth of Ajax capabilities to existing JSF applications. To use Ajax effectively, we learned how to invoke an Ajax request using the Ajax4jsf<a4j:commandButton> and<a4j:commandLink> tags, how to add Ajax capabilities to other JSF components using the<a4j:support> tag, and how to poll the server using the<a4j:poll> tag. We also examined a number of ways to minimize client/server communication, reduce the size of JSON data structures, and optimize Ajax performance...