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is Seam just another framework?

 
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Hi authors,

Where does Seam fit in JEE 5 architecture? is it like Struts minus JSF?

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Seam ties together various components in Java EE 5. For instance,

* It allows you to use EJB3 session beans and even JPA entity beans directly as JSF backing beans -- hence eliminating all those XML in faces-config.

* It integrates jBPM in JSF to allow much better page flow (no returning arbitary string from JSF beans).

* It vastly improves the EE security model and integrates Drools to support rule-based per-instance security.

* It integrate Hibernate in a stateful manner to eliminate the common lazy loading errors. (Seam and Hibernate are both invented by Gavin King).

* It allows JavaScript on the client side to access server components directly -- much like DWR -- for Ajax.

* It integrates iText for generating PDF directly from JSF pages, Quartz for asynchronous and cron tasks etc.

Of course, there are much more than what I listed here. Go find out in the book. Everything in Seam is driven by annotations -- very few XML is needed.
 
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Originally posted by Michael Yuan:
Seam ties together various components in Java EE 5. For instance,

* It allows you to use EJB3 session beans and even JPA entity beans directly as JSF backing beans -- hence eliminating all those XML in faces-config.

* It vastly improves the EE security model and integrates Drools to support rule-based per-instance security.

* It integrate Hibernate in a stateful manner to eliminate the common lazy loading errors. (Seam and Hibernate are both invented by Gavin King).



Thanks for your reply Michael.

Does Seam integrate spring and hibernate seamlessly? little xml wiring needed? is it easy to integrate other ORM api such as JPA?

thanks again
anthony
 
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Yes, Seam integrates both Spring and Hibernate. You can inject Spring beans into Seam via the standard @In annotation -- no XML needed.

Seam is *designed for* Hibernate. Gavin King is the founder of both Hibernate and Seam.

You can use Seam to drive openJPA and toplink -- but you lose some functionalities such as integration with Hibernate Validator Annotations etc.
 
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Originally posted by Michael Yuan:
Yes, Seam integrates both Spring and Hibernate. You can inject Spring beans into Seam via the standard @In annotation -- no XML needed.

Seam is *designed for* Hibernate. Gavin King is the founder of both Hibernate and Seam.

You can use Seam to drive openJPA and toplink -- but you lose some functionalities such as integration with Hibernate Validator Annotations etc.



What happen when there is new release of spring or hibernate, can we incorporate them ourselves or we depend on Seam release?

does Seam run better on JBoss compare to other app server?

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Cannot say for Spring. But every Hibernate release will be tested extensively against Seam -- as I said, Hibernate and Seam are developed by the same people.

Seam runs better on JBoss only in the sense that most Seam developers choose JBoss as their app server. Hence it is tested much more extensively on JBoss than other app servers.
 
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Originally posted by Michael Yuan:
Cannot say for Spring. But every Hibernate release will be tested extensively against Seam -- as I said, Hibernate and Seam are developed by the same people.

Seam runs better on JBoss only in the sense that most Seam developers choose JBoss as their app server. Hence it is tested much more extensively on JBoss than other app servers.



Thanks again Michael.

My last question, Does JBoss Seam wrap spring, hibernate, JSF etc behind its API? will be another learning curve to understand how Seam works then?

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Well, Seam has its own programming model. So, yes, there is a learning curve.

But the benefit is that you will be able to write your applications in a much more consistent manner than before -- not some Java code here, some XML there as it is today.
 
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Good Introduction article on JBoss Seam
http://www.javabeat.net/jboss-seam/2007/06/jboss-seam-introduction/
 
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