Greater Nebraska Software Symposium
April 4 - 6, 2008 - Omaha, NE
This talk explores the RichFaces Ajax framework, which is really two frameworks: Ajax4jsf and RichFaces components. In this session you will see how to implement low-level Ajax functionality using Ajax4JSF, and how to use high-level Ajax components from RichFaces.
The JSF spec has changed little since JSF debuted in 2004. However, the open source community is a frentic cauldron of activity that has produced lots of cool innovations, many of them related to Ajax. In this talk, we'll look at two of the most popular open source Ajax frameworks for JSF: Ajax4jsf and RichFaces.
Ajax4jsf gives you a very capable set of low-level Ajax tags (JSP or Facelets), along with their corresponding APIs, that let you easily incorporate Ajax features, most of the time by just using a custom tag or two. Ajax4jsf is an ideal solution if you want to add Ajax functionality to an existing JSF application.
RichFaces components is a library of components built on top of Ajax4jsf. You get basics such as toolbars list shuttles, and a MS Virtual Earth component.
In early 2008, the JSF Expert Group has begun to focus it's attention on incorporating concepts from best-of-breed JSF Ajax frameworks, such as Ajax4jsf and ICEfaces. What you learn in this session will give you both a preview, and a leg up, on JSF 2.0.
Prerequisite: Some knowledge of JSF is required, in addition to familiarity with Ajax.
About David Geary
David Geary is the president of Clarity Training, Inc. (corewebdevelopment.com), where he teaches developers to implement web applications using JavaServer Faces (JSF) and the Google Web Toolkit (GWT).
A prominent author, speaker, and consultant, David holds a unique qualification as a Java expert: He wrote the best-selling books on both Java component frameworks: Swing and JavaServer Faces. David's Graphic Java Swing was the best-selling Swing book, and is one of the best-selling Java books of all-time, and Core JSF, which David wrote with Cay Horstman, is the best-selling book on JavaServer Faces.
David was one of a handful of experts on the JSF 1.0 Expert Group (EG) that actively defined the standard Java-based web application framework, and David is currently on the JSF 2 Expert Group, helping to vastly improve JSF in version 2.
Besides serving on the JSF and JSTL Expert Groups, David has contributed to open-source projects and he has written questions for two of Sun's Certification Exams: Web Developer Certification and JavaServer Faces Certification. He invented the Struts Template library which was the precursor to Tiles, a popular framework for composing web pages from JSP fragments, was the 2nd Struts committer and contributed to the Apache Shale project.
David has spoken at more than 100 NFJS symposiums since 2003, and he also speaks at other conferences such as TheServerSide Java Symposium, JavaOne, JavaPolis, and JAOO. David has taught at Java University for the past three years, and is a three-time JavaOne rock star.More About David »