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Bart Kummel

Building next-generation web applications with JSF and Facelets
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Book Details

ISBN 139781847193254
Paperback408 pages

About This Book

  • Build powerful and robust web applications with Apache MyFaces
  • Reduce coding by using sub-projects of MyFaces like Trinidad, Tobago, and Tomahawk
  • Update the content of your site daily with ease by using Facelets
  • Step-by-step and practical tutorial with lots of examples

Appendices

Who This Book Is For

This book is intended for Java developers who want to develop web frontends for their enterprise applications using Apache MyFaces as JSF implementation. Some basic knowledge of JSF is expected.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
Introducing Apache MyFaces
Subprojects of Apache MyFaces
Summary
Chapter 2: Getting Started
Configuring the development environment
Application server and configuration files
Introduction to the example case
Summary
Chapter 3: Facelets
Why Facelets?
Setting up a Facelets project
Templating with Facelets
Creating and using composition components
Using static functions
Using inline texts
Facelets tags overview
Summary
Chapter 4: Tomahawk
Setting up Tomahawk
Using extended versions of standard components
Extended components
Creating basic data tables
Using advanced data table features
Uploading files
Working with dates and calendars
Extra validators
Summary
Chapter 5: Trinidad—the Basics
Setting up Trinidad
Creating data tables
Creating input and edit forms
File uploading
Using Trinidad’s hierarchical navigation features
Creating layouts for our pages
Summary
Chapter 6: Advanced Trinidad
Data visualization
Passing on data with page flows
Using AJAX and Partial Page Rendering
Creating dialogs
Client-side validation and conversion
Summary
Chapter 7: Trinidad Skinning and Tuning
Skinning
Tuning Trinidad
Summary
Chapter 8: Integrating with the Backend
The Model-View-Controller architecture
Setting up the Java EE application structure
Preparing a database environment
Implementing the Model
Using the service facade in the View layer
Limitations and problems
Summary
Chapter 9: MyFaces Orchestra
Setting up Orchestra
Using the Orchestra ViewController
Setting up Orchestra conversations
Generating forms with DynaForm
Summary
Chapter 10: Extensions Validator
Setting up ExtVal
Basic usage
Complementing JPA annotations
Applying cross validation
Creating custom error messages
Creating our own validation strategy
Extending ExtVal with add-ons
Using Bean Validation
Summary
Chapter 11: Best Practices
Preventing direct access to page definitions
Using container-managed security with JSF
Component bindings
Keeping the state of a component
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Create appealing and easy-to-use templates with Facelets
  • Assure reusability of your code by constructing composition components
  • Build consistent looking and usable pages using Trinidad components
  • Extend your JSF standard by using Tomahawk components
  • Enhance your web application by enabling AJAX functionality in your JSF application without writing JavaScript code
  • Create dynamic applications that fit the corporate style and color scheme of your company by using the extensive skinning capabilities of Trinidad
  • Prevent the duplication of validation rules by adding EJB3 annotation-based validation with ExtVal
  • Optimize your JSF application in terms of performance and page size

In Detail

Hypes and trends (such as Web 2.0) cause a change in the requirements for user interfaces every now and then. While a lot of frameworks are capable of meeting those changing requirements, it often means you as a developer need in-depth knowledge of web standards, such as XHTML and JavaScript. A framework like Apache MyFaces that hides all details of how the page is rendered at the client and at the same time offers a rich set of tools and building blocks could save you a lot of time, not only when you're building a brand new application but also when you're adapting an existing application to meet new user interface requirements.

This book will teach you everything you need to know to build appealing web interfaces with Apache MyFaces and maintain your code in a pragmatic way. It describes all the steps that are involved in building a user interface with Apache MyFaces. This includes building templates and composition components with Facelets, using all sorts of specialized components from the Tomahawk, Trinidad, and Tobago component sets and adding validation with MyFaces Extensions Validator.

The book uses a step-by-step approach and contains a lot of tips based on experience of the MyFaces libraries in real-world projects. Throughout the book an example scenario is used to work towards a fully functional application when the book is finished.

This step-by-step guide will help you to build a fully functional and powerful application.

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