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ICEfaces 1.8: Next Generation Enterprise Web Development

ICEfaces is an Enterprise AJAX framework which allows you to develop modern Web 2.0 applications, using AJAX to implement desktop-like behavior. The integration and handling of such frameworks is a challenge, but ICEfaces is the first enterprise AJAX framework that places the integration aspect at the center of its design. All this is based on a programming model that does not need to write a single line of JavaScript.

You may already be aware that modern web applications are now more commonly modeled around desktop-like implementations. By following the development of a real-world application, you will see how best to use ICEfaces components to customize the interface layout, navigation, data presentation and data creation to achieve the efficient, modern, web application that you've always dreamed of!

ICEfaces is an innovative enterprise AJAX framework which allows you to build modern web 2.0 applications. By breaking away from the traditional request-response model and using AJAX push with ICEfaces, you can have bidirectional communication between browser and server, improving performance.

This new paradigm requires the mixing of client-side and server-side programming concepts which can raise maintenance efforts so that the integration of corresponding frameworks is still a challenge. This book will show you how to use the programming model to full effect in order to dramatically ease development.

You can enhance your application with ICEfaces components which are implemented in Facelets applications. This book shows you how to use and design new components and to implement components without extending existing JSF component classes. You will learn how to combine ICEfaces tags and write a simple backing bean for components and learn how to modify this technology for reuse in the frontend.

What you will learn from this book?

  • Implement the principles of modern Web application design using the ICEfaces enterprise AJAX framework.
  • Design enterprise-ready components with Facelets
  • Create AJAX applications without using JavaScript
  • Integrate modern frontend development into your JEE stack using JSF, Facelets, Spring, JPA
  • Customize your application using ICEfaces' skinning and multi-lingual presentation features
  • Develop server side rendering and create your own monitoring tool with AJAX Push
  • Improve the user's experience with popup dialogs, a progress bar, auto-complete and drag and drop.


Using this book, you will develop a full-blown Web application in a step-by-step tutorial. The application is a component showcase that you can use as a reference implementation for your own projects. The application also includes advanced enterprise components implemented in Facelets technology.

Who this book is written for?

If you are an enterprise developer who wants to add the latest Web 2.0 features to a JSF project this book is for you. You need a basic knowledge of the Spring Framework configuration through annotations and the usage of JPA annotations.

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