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JSF x GWT

 
Tales Tonini
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Hi Ed, Hi Chris,

I'm starting a little web application (no big restrictions, requirements or performance concerns) and I'm prone to using JSF 2.0, much for learning it. One thing I'm considering too is using GWT or RichFaces or ICEFaces to create a rich interface. After reading this old-and-a-little-bit-biased blog about GWT x JSF from http://crazybob.org/2006/05/javaone-google-web-toolkit-vs-jsf.html, I'm quite puzzled about choosing the right tech to create the rich interface. The blog author -- which works at Google -- defends using only GWT RCP to invoke web services and nothing else. What do you think? I've seen something about integrating JSF with GWT to create a good combination. Could you share your views over this? Thanks in advance.

Tales Tonini (Looking forward to getting the JSF 2.0 book! )
 
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Note that Mr. Bob Lee's post is nearly four years old. Basically, GWT and JSF cater to different development styles. With JSF, you have markup based UI creation with little artifacts peppered here and there to get at the lifecycle. With GWT, you have basically a Swing app. I assert that the Web MVC model of JSF is more well suited to web applications.

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