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Fast Track to JavaServer Faces (JSF) : Using JSF to Build J2EE Web Apps on the JBoss® Application Server

Course ID: JSF

JSF is a J2EE technology that focuses on simplifying the building of Web based user interfaces in Java.  It builds on existing technologies, such as Servlets and JSP, but solves many of the issues that arise when using them directly.  It does this by providing a standard component based user interface (UI) framework that can be leveraged by tools to provide a rich and easy to use development environment.

This course will get you up to speed with JSF in a very short time.  It includes all the important concepts, as well as numerous hands on labs that will have you building working JSF applications very quickly. It covers all the important architectural concepts, as well as providing practical instruction on how to use the many capabilities of the JSF framework.

The course includes a broad coverage of the most important JSF capabilities, including the JSF architecture, working with managed beans, the JSF Expression Language, the JSF core and HTML tag libraries, data tables, validation, and conversion. It also includes overview of advanced technologies, such as using JSF and Ajax. After learning this material, you'll be ready to use JSF to create your own solutions in the most demanding situations.

All labs are done using the JBoss Application Server as the server platform, and the lab instructions include detailed directions on using JBoss. Labs can be done with the Eclipse IDE or a simple editor, and the lab instructions also include instructions for these environments.

Course Information

Duration: 3 days

Hands-on: 50% hands-on, 50% lecture

Supported Platforms:

Skills Gained:

Course Details:

Session 1: Overview of Java EE and Java Web Applications

  • Java EE and Web App Overview
  • Servlet, Servlet Scopes
  • JSPs, JSP Lifecycle
  • Custom Tags, Tag Libraries, taglib directive
  • Model View Controller

Session 2: Getting started with JSF  

  • JSF Overview
    • Purpose and Goals
    • JSF Architecture
    • JSF Views, Managed Beans, Controler, configuration
  • Downloading and Installing JSF
  • Your first JSF Application - setup, configuration, deployment
  • Server setup and use
  • Setting up and running JBoss AS

Session 3: Managed Beans

  • Defining a Managed Bean
  • Managed Bean Lifecycle
  • <managed-bean> elements in faces-config.xml
  • Managed Beans and JSF Forms
  • Managed Beans as Value Binding Expressions
  • JSF Expression Language (EL) & the Unified EL (JSF 1.2)
  • Value Binding Expressions
  • Method Binding Expressions
  • Implicit Objects

Session 4: JSF Navigation

  • <navigation-rule> configuration issues
  • <navigation-case> and nested elements
  • How to use the navigation rules

Session 5: The JSF Tag Libraries

  • JSF Tag Library Overview
  • JSF Core tags <f:tagName>
  • JSF HTML tags <h:tagName>
  • Using the Most Common Form controls – TextFields, Buttons, Links …

Session 6: h:dataTable

  • <h:dataTable> tag and nested tags <h:column> etc.
  • Working with collections of type List or array
  • Table headers and footers, f:facet

Session 7: More about JSF Tags

  • Using <h:commandLink> and <h:outputLink>
  • Using the h:selectXxx Tags (e.g h:selectManyListbox)
  • JSF Event Model (Action, Value Change, and Data Model Listeners)

Session 8: JSF Validation

  • Standard Validators
  • required, validateDoubleRange, validateLongRange
  • Creating, configuring, and using Custom Validators

Session 9: JSF Conversion

  • Standard JSF Converters
  • convertDateTime, convertNumber - configuration and usage
  • Custom Converters

Session 10: JSF Lifecycle

  • Lifecycle Overview
  • Initial requests and postbacks
  • Restore View, Apply Request Values, Process Events, Process Validations, Update Model Values, Invoke Application, Render Response
  • renderResponse() and renderComplete()
  • Phase listeners

Session 11: Additional Topics

  • Backing Beans / UIComponents
  • JSF and CSS
  • JSF and JavaScript
  • Localization and Resource Bundles
  • Ajax4jsf - Using Ajax with JSF
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