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This article is based on, and contains excerpts from, the book Pro JSF: Building Rich Internet Components by Jonas Jacobi and John Fallows, published by Apress. Book is now available on fine bookstores and Amazon as of February 25, 2006. JavaServer Faces (JSF) standardizes the server-side component model for Web application development but doesn't standardize the presentation layer at the browser. In a series of articles we are going to look at how JSF can fulfill new presentation requirements without sacrificing application developer productivity building Rich Internet Applications (RIA). Consumer Requirements It's always the end user who feels the effect of any chosen technology, especially at the presentation layer. The end-user experience should be top priority for any developer building applications, whether they are Web applications or desktop applications. En... (more)

Building a Simple Peer-to-Peer WebSocket App – Part 1

This tutorial series walks you through the simple steps of building an HTML5 WebSocket app, demonstrating the power of the publish/subscribe development pattern directly in JavaScript. Our sample is almost as simple as a Chat app, the “Hello World” app of the WebSocket world, but is a tad more visual and dynamic. After trying out the completed application, you can either jump in the code and play with it right away, or move on to Part 2 (coming soon) of this tutorial for a step-by-step guide. About the Environment This tutorial requires a WebSocket server. We will use http://tu... (more)

A Connected Car Project: Navigation Sharing with WebSocket

After the hilarity and hijinks we had with the WebSocket and Raspberry Pi controlled car, my colleagues (Prashant Khanal and Vikram Dave) and I were excited to attend last weekend’s Hertz Mobility and Connected Car Hackathon. Hertz was looking for creative ideas and apps for a more connected traveler and transportation experience, and coordinated this event with AT&T, Nokia, Twilio, and others. Inspired by one of our favorite apps, Waze’s drive sharing, we wanted to create a real-time location sharing experience among travelers: people driving in cars with navigation systems, pe... (more)

AJAX and Mozilla XUL with JavaServer Faces

In our previous JDJ article - Rich Internet Components with JavaServer Faces - we discussed how JavaServer Faces can fulfill new presentation requirements without sacrificing application developer productivity building Rich Internet Applications (RIA). We discussed how JSF component writers can utilize technologies, such as AJAX and Mozilla XUL, to provide application developers with rich, interactive and reusable components. In order to use AJAX and Mozilla XUL with JSF, component writers have to make sure to provide any resource files need by these technologies, such as images... (more)

Creating AJAX and Rich Internet Components with JSF

This article is based on, and contains excerpts from, the book Pro JSF: Building Rich Internet Components by Jonas Jacobi and John Fallows, published by Apress. Book is available on fine bookstores and Amazon. In our previous article - "Rich Internet Components with JavaServer Faces" (JDJ, Vol. 10, issue 11) - we discussed how JavaServer Faces can fulfill new presentation requirements without sacrificing application developer productivity building Rich Internet Applications (RIA). We discussed how JSF component writers can utilize technologies, such as AJAX and Mozilla XUL, to p... (more)