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Info Required : Any Outlook type of JSF Component avialable

 
vikram hegde
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Hello Tech Freinds,

I'm new to JSF and would beg your pardon if you feel my question is irrelavant. But, we learn only if we try out things and do mistakes. I'm actually looking for a UI component somethink like we will have a left panel and a right panel where Left Panel has some two parts upper part offering user to search and the result of serach being displayed as hyper links in the left panel below part. Then on clicking and searched item from the below left panel the entore right panel will get painted with the details of the selected item from search result.

Is any framework or UI component already aviabale in JSF for this type of UI. If not I would welcome the suggesstion and best approach that any give to me using JSF - Myfaces/PrimeFaces(please suggest) and if possible do suugest me if this can be achived using Ajax(though for me its a secondary criteria to go with Ajax) and XHTML. All I need is first to achive the above said functionality with or without Ajax but definetly with JSF components only.

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Vikram

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Tim Holloway
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There's no "Outlook component" as such, but you can achieve the same effect.

Facelets will permit you to tile your display into the various zones. You can effectively swap different types of components in and out of a zone by placing them into containers such as panelGrids and playing games with their "rendered" attributes. To avoid wholesale page redraws, you can use AJAX functionality to limit the parts of the page that actually get updated. RichFaces has a "reRender" attribute for that and other AJAX-supportive frameworks (including JSF2) have similiar mechanisms.

Speaking of RichFaces, I think it actually even has one of those zone-sliding GUI controls like Outlook is so famous form.
 
vikram hegde
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Thank you Tim for the guidance, I'll try to achive this with the said PanelGrid and later try to enhance it with Ajax Capablities.
 
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