ICEfaces 1.8: Next Generation Enterprise Web Development

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  • Implement the principles of modern Web application design using the ICEfaces enterprise AJAX framework.
  • Design enterprise-ready components with Facelets
  • Create AJAX applications without using JavaScript
  • Integrate modern frontend development into your JEE stack using JSF, Facelets, Spring, JPA
  • Customize your application using ICEfaces’ skinning and multi-lingual presentation features
  • Develop server side rendering and create your own monitoring tool with AJAX Push
  • Improve the user’s experience with popup dialogs, a progress bar, auto-complete and drag and drop.

ICEfaces is an Enterprise AJAX framework which allows you to develop modern Web 2.0 applications, using AJAX to implement desktop-like behavior. The integration and handling of such frameworks is a challenge, but ICEfaces is the first enterprise AJAX framework that places the integration aspect at the center of its design. All this is based on a programming model that does not need to write a single line of JavaScript.

You may already be aware that modern web applications are now more commonly modeled around desktop-like implementations. By following the development of a real-world application, you will see how best to use ICEfaces components to customize the interface layout, navigation, data presentation and data creation to achieve the efficient, modern, web application that you’ve always dreamed of!

ICEfaces is an innovative enterprise AJAX framework which allows you to build modern web 2.0 applications. By breaking away from the traditional request-response model and using AJAX push with ICEfaces, you can have bidirectional communication between browser and server, improving performance.

This new paradigm requires the mixing of client-side and server-side programming concepts which can raise maintenance efforts so that the integration of corresponding frameworks is still a challenge. This book will show you how to use the programming model to full effect in order to dramatically ease development.

You can enhance your application with ICEfaces components which are implemented in Facelets applications. This book shows you how to use and design new components and to implement components without extending existing JSF component classes. You will learn how to combine ICEfaces tags and write a simple backing bean for components and learn how to modify this technology for reuse in the frontend.

  • Develop a full-blown Web application using ICEfaces
  • Design and use self-developed components using Facelets technology
  • Integrate AJAX into a JEE stack for Web 2.0 developers using JSF, Facelets, Spring, JPA
Page Count 292
Course Length 8 hours 45 minutes
ISBN 9781847197245
Date Of Publication 2 Nov 2009


Rainer Eschen

Rainer Eschen has a degree in computer science. He looks back on more than 20 years of programming experience. Since 1994 he works as an IT professional with a focus on consulting and architecture. He has also been part of “the source” for three years, working as Sun Sales Support Engineer and Sun Java Center Architect at Sun Microsystems, Germany.