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JSF: A Wish List

Great but not perfect

JavaServer Faces (JSF) has seen increased momentum among enterprise Java developers ever since it was incorporated into Java EE 5.0 and became the standard framework for Java-based Web development. While some are just now taking their first steps with JSF, early adaptors have already discovered both the upside and downside of this framework. Some developers prefer to wait for the next major JSF release to get the problems ironed out, but others have implemented enhancements on top of JSF in various commercial and open source frameworks. With this in mind, let's construct a wish list of capabilities for the next major JSF version.

A Great Start
The original goal of JSF was to simplify Java-based Web development, and to a large degree it has done that. The component approach to UI development brought the simplicity that was missing from Java Web application development compared to the .NET offering from Microsoft. With a standard for component creation in place, component vendors quickly appeared followed by open source component efforts. Today JSF developers have a plethora of components to choose from when developing their user interfaces.

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Shay Shmeltzer is a group manager for Oracle JDeveloper. He has occupied various roles in the software development industry, ranging from development to marketing, over the past 18 years. His blog is at http://blogs.oracle.com/shay.

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shay shmeltzer 04/29/08 01:06:07 AM EDT

Ian - indeed JBoss's Seam and Oracle ADF are probably the two most advanced JSF based framework and I would encourage anyone who is about to embark on a JSF project to have a serious look into both.

Ian Darwin 04/28/08 09:03:49 PM EDT

Most of the things you ask for are coming in the WebBeans JSR (299) and, are in fact available now from JBoss Seam.