This week's book giveaway is in the OCMJEA forum. We're giving away four copies of OCM Java EE 6 Enterprise Architect Exam Guide and have Paul Allen & Joseph Bambara on-line! See this thread for details.
You can aid our watering eyes if you use the "Code" button to wrap tags around your code and XML that will present the text in a more readable style.
The FacesContext ONLY exists for the lifetime of a single JSF request/response cycle it is destroyed and re-created each time. If the request isn't routed through the FacesServlet, the FacesContext doesn't exist.
In order to get a standard non-JSF servlet (or JSP) to work with JSF, the servlet has to forward the request as a JSF URL request. You cannot connect code directly.
Customer surveys are for companies who didn't pay proper attention to begin with.