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In our previous JDJ article - Rich Internet Components with JavaServer Faces - we discussed how JavaServer Faces can fulfill new presentation requirements without sacrificing application developer productivity building Rich Internet Applications (RIA). We discussed how JSF component writers can utilize technologies, such as AJAX and Mozilla XUL, to provide application developers with rich, interactive and reusable components. In order to use AJAX and Mozilla XUL with JSF, component writers have to make sure to provide any resource files need by these technologies, such as images, style sheets, or scripts. The standard approach to providing resource files for a JSF component library is to serve them directly out of the web application root file system. These resources are usually packaged in an archive (such as a ZIP file), and shipped separately from the JSF componen... (more)

Real-World AJAX Seminar, New York: AJAX and Faces - Friends or Foes?

Can a client-side AJAX solution and server-side Faces solution co-exist and play well together? Or are they each solving a similar problem in a different and incompatible way? The authors of Pro JSF and Ajax,  Jonas Jacobi and John R. Fallows, will discuss how the JavaServer Faces framework can be used to embrace AJAX today, while protecting Web applications from radical re-architecture each time there is a change in direction of client-side technology. Jonas and John will address the key aspects of Faces component development, and will introduce innovative techniques to adopt AJ... (more)

JavaServer Faces and AJAX for Google Fans

This is our last article in a series of four that have been introducing the concepts of creating AJAX-enabled JavaServer Faces (JSF) components. In this article we are going to summarize and encapsulate the concepts that were introduced in the three previous JDJ articles starting with the "Rich Internet Components with JavaServer Faces" (Vol. 10, issue 11), and design a Google-like JDJ InputSuggest component. We will show you how to use Mabon to create a simple and powerful input component with built-in suggest functionality similar to what Google Suggest provides. To make it ea... (more)

Apache Trinidad - A World Cup Skinning Experience?

One of the 2006 Soccer World Cup highlights must surely be the Trinidad and Tobago versus Sweden game. The underdogs Trinidad and Tobago managed to push off the onslaught from the Swedish team. The game ended 0-0, which was for the people of Trinidad and Tobago a divine experience - their teams very first World Cup point! So, you are, of course, asking yourself: What are these guys talking about? The question you should ask yourself is: Is Trinidad and Tobago going to be a success in the Java EE world as well? With the addition of project Trinidad to the Apache MyFaces community... (more)

Enterprise Comet: Awaken the Grizzly!

There's a common misconception among many end users, consumers, and developers that AJAX is the ultimate solution for the Web and that it can provide all the same functionality as a rich desktop solution. Sure, AJAX can cover most of our expectations for a rich client, mimicking functionality provided by a desktop application, but there's still one area that has yet to be fully integrated ­ scalable server-initiated message delivery. With server-initiated message delivery, all end users of a particular application are simultaneously notified of any changes to the application sta... (more)