Book Review - JavaServer Faces Programming by Budi Kurniawan
Book Review – JavaServer Faces Programming
JavaServer Faces Programming – Budi Kurniawan
1st edition, 2004, 503 pages, McGraw-Hill Osborne
Developers who want to start using JavaServer Faces (JSF) technology for their web applications
This is a comprehensive tutorial on the JSF technology, how it works, and how to code an application using it.
The book has the following chapters: Overview Of Java Web Technologies; Introduction To JavaServer Faces; Objects For Request Processing; The User Interface Component Model; JSF Simple Components; JSF Advanced Components; JSF Event Handling; Page Navigation; Validators; Converters; Internationalization And Localization; Renderers; Custom User Interface Components; Online Store Application; The Application Configuration File; Summing Up: How JSF Works; The JSP 2.0 Expression Language; The JSP Standard Tag Library; Installing And Configuring Tomcat 5; The Web Application Deployment Descriptor
JavaServer Faces technology is gaining steam in the Java community as a standard framework for building web applications, much like Struts has become. If this is a primary part of your development activity, you’ll need to get up to speed on how JSF works. This book will help you get started.
Budi starts by reviewing servlet and javaserver page concepts, which is what JSF is based on. Once that area is reviewed, he starts with the basics of JSF coding and gives you plenty of examples of how they are coded. To me, the writing style and examples are clear and appropriate for someone just starting out in this area. The chapters build on each other and it all comes together in chapter 14 where an entire online application is built. After working your way through the book, you should have a basic mastery of the technology.
With a little additional research, I found that there is a later release of the technology (JSF beta 1) that supercedes the release on which this book was written (JSF Early Access 4). Not yet being a JSF wizard, I can’t tell you how much of a difference that will make in the accuracy of the information presented. The author has updated the examples on his web site to work with the beta 1 version, so be prepared for some of the examples to work a little differently than what you see in print. Unfortunately that’s one of the drawbacks in trying to get a book in print about a technology who’s foundational concepts are still in development. That’s probably why they call it the “bleeding edge of technology”.
I thought this was a well-written, understandable book on an emerging technology. Just keep in mind that what you currently read and what may be in the final release could change.