JSF Mini Book – Tips, concepts and good practices

Hello, how are you?

This post was written as an article to a Brazilian Java magazine. Unfortunately it was not published =(. I decided to post it here! =D

This post will display tips, concepts and solutions to developers that works with JSF 2.0 every day. We will see the concepts and the right way of using the JSF to help those who works with this technology or has interest in learning it – students or developers that works with others frameworks. Using this tool without knowledge of it will give more problems to your software instead solutions. It is really needed to understand how the JSF works, how it handles each user action request and how it is possible to build a software code that will optimize the JSF usage.

We will see some technical questions like: importing images/javascript into the pages, how to upgrade a JSF 1.2 app to a JSF 2.0, using Ajax that is a technology of asynchronously requests, and more; we will see some needed theory that is usually set aside.

With JSF we will be able to face one of the major problems of the web technology, code reuse. The JSF allow us to reuse the code of pages, javascript and validations in Java code that are used in the pages. When we reuse the code we will reduce the maintenance time expend, the change impacts will reduce also and others.

Today we will see:

  • Page 02: Creating a JSF project
  • Page 03: How to import CSS/Images/JavaScript as Library
  • Page 04: XHTML page reuse with Facelets
  • Page 05: JSP x Facelets
  • Page 06: Hiding the comments of the xhtml page
  • Page 07: Avoiding @SessionScoped type. Check all Scope Types
  • Page 08: Avoiding the use of logic in the xhtml page
  • Page 09: Use the h:outputLink to navigate
  • Page 10: Ajax with JSF 2.0
  • Page 11: Smoothing the JSF development
  • Page 12: Upgrading from JSF 1.2 to 2.0
  • Page 13: How to receive null value from the view
  • Page 14: Choosing between action and actionListener
  • Page 15: Flash Scope
  • Page 16: Dot no mix JSF Implementations
  • Page 17: Internationalization as good practice
  • Page 18: JSF 2.2 new features

This post is a celebration for the mark of 200k of viewers that we received in the two years of existence of this blog.

18 thoughts on “JSF Mini Book – Tips, concepts and good practices

  1. Really cool material! I agree with Tim. If this could be distributed in pdf format, you will become a little more famous. :) Thanks, good job!

  2. I’m not able to see this library applied in my program.
    Output is: Real Madrid, Champion!!! (No image and style)

    Please let me know what I’m missing.

  3. I was trying to learn Spring MVC for last 2 months, Every time i try to start, i get stuck somewhere. 2 Months passed, and i did not learn anything. I purchased two books for spring. Finally i quit Java web programming. One day I thought to give a try to JSF. and found some tutorials online, worked on them and I loved it. Your tutorials are going to help me a lot.
    Thank you so much.
    I would like to tell people here, don’t go near spring, It’s a piece of crap.

    • Arslan,

      Thanks for the feedback.

      My next post will be a full web application with Spring MVC.

      Maybe this application will help you understanding better the Spring, it is a good tool! =D

      See you later.

  4. With your code lines


    eclipse was giving error that:

    Multiple annotations found at this line:
    – Invalid location of text (“) in tag ().
    – Invalid location of text (=”) in tag ().
    – Element type “h:outputStylesheetlibrary” must be followed by either attribute specifications, “>”
    or “/>”.

    So I’ve corrected it by changing lines to

    But I think as you mentioned in case of versions of resources, it will automatically picks up latest version. but the code I’m using will not control the version. It looks like hard-coded.

    What you say about it?

    Moreover, You wrote:
    “To use a mapped library by the ResourceHandler let us create a folder named “index.xhtml” inside the folder “/WebContent”.”

    I think you have not created a folder name “index.xhtml” but you have created a file named “index.xhtml”. If I’m right then you need to correct it. :)

    • Hello Arslan, how are you?

      Unfortunately the xml are not displayed here. =/

      Could you send me an email with the code and the texts that you wrote?

      Thanks for your support and passing by.

      My email is contato (at] uaihebert (d0T) com


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