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This article is based on, and contains excerpts from, the book Pro JSF: Building Rich Internet Components by Jonas Jacobi and John Fallows, published by Apress. Book is available on fine bookstores and Amazon. In our previous article - "Rich Internet Components with JavaServer Faces" (JDJ, Vol. 10, issue 11) - 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.  To use AJAX and Mozilla XUL with JSF, component writers have to make sure to provide any resource files needed by these technologies, such as images, style sheets, or scripts. The standard approach to providing re... (more)

AjaxWorld Special: Creating AJAX and Rich Internet Components with JSF

This article is based on, and contains excerpts from, the book Pro JSF: Building Rich Internet Components by Jonas Jacobi and John Fallows, published by Apress. Book is now available on fine bookstores and Amazon as of February 25, 2006. JavaServer Faces (JSF) standardizes the server-side component model for Web application development but doesn't standardize the presentation layer at the browser. In a series of articles we are going to look at how JSF can fulfill new presentation requirements without sacrificing application developer productivity building Rich Internet Applicat... (more)

Kaazing Announces Private PaaS

Kaazing announced the availability of a new Platform as a Service, offering the fastest, most reliable, and most efficient mobile Web experience. Here’s a quote from the press release: The Kaazing Private PaaS is a web-enabled full-duplex, real-time data solution based on the new HTML5 WebSocket standard. It is a fully managed PaaS solution that provides companies with the freedom to communicate any data, at any time, to any device, anywhere using their client technology of choice – JS, Java, Flash, .NET/Silverlight, and others. With Kaazing’s Private PaaS, companies can run a r... (more)

Three Steps to Build a Killer WebSocket App with JavaFX

As part of my prep for the talk we give at JavaOne 2012, I built a WebSocket app using JavaFX 2.2 front-end with NetBeans 7.2 and the brand new JavaFX Scene Builder 1.0. The tools were a pleasant surprise, they were pretty straight-forward to use. Most of the Oracle tutorials were helpful too, although I couldn’t find signs of an active and extensive JavaFX developer community out there. The app I wanted to build consumes the same data source as the lightning fast Kaazing portfolio demo. This video demonstrates what it looks like in the development environment, as well as running... (more)

Super-Charge JSF AJAX Data Fetch

In our last article - "JSF and AJAX" (JDJ, Vol. 11, issue 1) - we discussed how JavaServer Faces component writers can take advantage of the new Weblets Open Source project (http://weblets.dev.java.net) to serve resources such as JavaScript libraries, icons, and CSS files directly from a Java Archive (JAR) without impacting the application developer. In this article we'll address the need to fetch data using AJAX with JavaServer Faces (JSF) components. The most common use cases for fetching data with AJAX are to populate dropdown lists and add type-ahead functionality in text fi... (more)