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JavaServer Faces in Action (In Action series) Paperback – January 1, 2005

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"A good introduction to . . . Faces out in the real world." -- Books-On-Line

About the Author

Kito Mann is an enterprise architect who has developed applications with a wide variety of technologies on several different platforms. He has consulted with Fortune 500 clients, including Prudential Financial and J. P. Morgan Chase & Company, and was recently the chief architect of an educational application service provider. He is also the founder of JSFCentral.com, a site devoted to the JavaServer Faces community. He lives in Stamford, Connecticut.
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Product Details

  • Series: In Action
  • Paperback: 702 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932394125
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932394122
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,125,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Riyad Kalla VINE VOICE on November 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
What I enjoyed so much about Kito's book was the fact that he doesn't just present the entire gamut of JSF to you in this book, he also uses it for about 6 chapters to take you (step-by-step) on a journey building a full fledged project tracking application complete with nicely laid out user interface (using JSF technologies and CSS... not just plain HTML), comprehensive feature sets, user role and security logic, database interactions... pretty much the works. I always think this is important because no matter how many API docs or Developer Guides you read, you still have questions about how XYZ component will behave in the "wild" or how you can make it do something that wasn't covered in the docs. After Kito's book I not only find it to be an excellent resource when trying to remember how a certain component worked but also a truely comprehensive proof-of-concept for JSF... the tracking system developed in the book actually struck me as something that would be much appreciated if I were to deploy it at work.

You definately get the sense from this book that it was written by someone that loves developing and is extremely versed with JSF; not someone that wanted to make some money and picked up a few tutorials on it before writing a book. Also to his credit, Kito runs the immensly helpful jsfcentral.com site that supplements the book beautifully with more resources, articles and applications (even components) for your picking after you are up and running with JSF.

A little information on me: I am a JSP/Servlet web application developer, I've done Java client side for about 5 years and server side for 3. I've played with EJBs, done a lot of Struts applications, and attempted to learn Tapestry. I wanted to learn JSF and wanted a good paced yet deeply informative book that would teach me best practices right off the bat with JSF and also talk about WHY they were best practices... this is exactly what I found this book to be. 5/5 stars from me.
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Kito Mann's JSF book is superb. In addition to the twenty book chapters there are also five on-line chapters (which I haven't read yet), for a total of 1,000 pages.

Before reading this book, I had read the Wiley book and part of the OReilly JSF book. There's a great deal of information in Kito's book, and absolute neophytes will probably need to re-read the material (it obviously depends on how fast they learn).

I also liked the discussion on integrating JSF with Struts, which (AFAIK) is the only place where I've seen such a discussion. After I saw the Struts+JSF diagram I had an "aha" experience, and I'm sure it has saved me hours of effort trying to cull the same information from a variety of other sources.

One of the book's primary strengths is its even-handed focus on the what/why/how of JSF, along with examples that are incremental developed and presented in a lucid manner. I'm planning to develop some custom JSF components, and I'll definitely have Kito's book within arm's reach!
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JavaServer Faces (JSF) is one of the newest technologies in the Java toolbox and is designed to make developing web applications as easy in Java as it is in .Net. JSF is designed mainly to be used inside of an IDE by dropping JSF components onto a screen from a palette. This book is an introduction to JSF and although it is far from perfect, it is still a worthwhile read.

The book starts with an introduction to JSF with a good overview of the component technology and how it works as well as a brief discussion of some of the IDEs that support JSF. The next few chapters discuss the components in depth and the book bogs down. There is too much detail with very little in the way of code samples. To some extent this might make sense since the components are meant to be dropped from a palette, but at the same time it makes it very difficult to follow along without some understanding of how the components would be used in an application. Starting with chapter 8, the author tries to put it all together with a sample application. Unfortunately, it is presented as a development case study instead of a JSF case study. We get three chapters of screens with no code behind it that includes prototype versions and final versions. This seemed very unnecessary and helped to inflate the page count. It isn't until chapters 12 and 13 that we finally get to see some detail code but by then I had forgotten what the screens introduced four chapters earlier were supposed to be doing. The book ends with a chapter on Struts integration and a chapter on developing your own custom components.
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I purchased this book based on my previously great experience with Manning Press books. I've found other books by this publisher to be easy to read and easy to comprehend. They usually give you just enough background information and then details on different aspects of the subject matter. This book just goes on and on and on about background information and implementation details that are of little use to anyone after they configure their first application. It takes too long to get to the meat of writing JSF applications. And once you get to where the meat is supposed to be, most of that has to be downloaded as a 300 page PDF from their web site. Not very useful at all.

If you are looking for good JSF information, I now use the Core book for information and the O'Reilly book for a quick API reference. If you want examples of great Manning Press books, please check out their "Spring In Action" and "JSTL In Action" books. Both are fantastic reads and full of great information.

Sadly, this particular book left a lot to be desired both as an instructional text or as an API reference.
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