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"JavaServer Faces" Released by O'Reilly

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O'Reilly Releases "JavaServer Faces"

Sebastopol, CA--JavaServer Faces (JSF) is an application framework that
simplifies the building of web-based user interfaces by combining the
Java-based Struts Framework and Java Swing. JSF frees developers from
tedious and time-consuming work on a web application's presentation
layer so they can give more effort to the business logic code that drives
the application. Developers of various skill levels can use JSF to build
web applications quickly and easily, assemble reusable user interface
components in a web page, and connect these components to an application
data source. However, combining a responsive and intuitive user interface
(the responsibility of the web developer) with complex back-end business
functioning (the responsibility of the enterprise developer) can be a
recipe for confusion, frustration, and missed deadlines. Enter
"JavaServer Faces" (O'Reilly, US $39.95) by Hans Bergsten. This complete
guide was written to iron out the wrinkles in implementing JSF's crucial
new technology.

Bergsten knows whereof he writes: he's on the expert committee developing
the JSF specification and is cited in the spec's acknowledgement section
for being actively involved in every detail of the development of the
specification. "'JavaServer Faces' describes in detail how to use JSF by
building a real-world application step by step, solving problems most real
applications need to deal with," explains Bergsten. "I try to mix real-world
examples the reader can use as a base, but also give the reader a deeper
understanding of the technology by describing why things look the way
they do and what's going on behind the scene, instead of just saying 'do this.'"

The JSF specification was released in March 2004, and "JavaServer Faces"
is one of the first books that describes how to use the final 1.0 version.
It contains such essentials as how to construct the HTML on the front end;
how to create the user interface components that connect the front end to
your business objects; how to write a back-end that's JSF-friendly; and
how to create the deployment descriptors that tie everything together.
This book also includes a complete reference to the JSF specification.

"JavaServer Faces" pays particular attention to simple tasks that are
easily ignored, but fundamental to any real application: working with
tabular data, for example, or enabling and disabling buttons. And this
book doesn't hide from the trickier issues, like creating custom
components or creating renderers for different presentation layers. Topics
covered include:

-The JSF environment
-Creating and rendering components
-Validating input
-Handling user-generated events
-Controlling page navigation
-Working with tabular data
-Integration between JSF and Struts
-Developing custom renderers and custom components

Concludes Bergsten, "JSF promises to make it easier to develop web
applications with complex interfaces, using an event-driven component
model that is familar to GUI developers. While a web interface never can
be as rich and interactive as a GUI, the convenience of accessing
applications through a browser instead of installing a GUI locally on each
machine is very convenient and attractive, and JSF makes it easier to
develop complex web interfaces. Therefore, I think many developers will
add JSF to their toolboxes."

Any technology that delivers on the promise to make enterprise development
faster and easier is bound to be wildly popular. "JavaServer Faces" shows
Java programmers why JSF is a better way to build user interfaces for
complex Java-based web applications. Whether you're experienced with JSF
or a just starting out, you'll find everything you need to know about this
technology in this thorough and authoritative book.

Advance praise for "JavaServer Faces":

"The fast pace of the high-tech industry makes it a real burden on
technologists to quickly get up to speed with the new technologies 'du
jour.' Luckily, there are authors out there who specialize in making this
learning curve as painless and interesting as can be. Hans Bergsten does
it once again with his 'JavaServer Faces' book.

"Through a crystal-clear writing style, numerous practical examples, and
insightful reflections on the why's, how's, do's and don'ts, the book
gives JSF a 'heart and soul,' essential ingredients to truly master JSF."
--Pierre Delisle, JSTL Spec lead, Sun Microsystems

Additional Resources:

Chapters 1 and 2, "Introducing JavaServer Faces" and "JSF Development
Process Overview," are available online at:

For more information about the book, including table of contents, index,
author bio, and samples, see:

For a cover graphic in JPEG format, go to:

JavaServer Faces
Hans Bergsten
ISBN 0-596-00539-3, 589 pages, $39.95 US, $57.95 CA

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