JavaServer(tm) Faces (JSF) is a web application framework specification (JSR252, JSR127, JSR314) based around the model-view-controller pattern.
The Apache MyFaces project provides both an implementation of the JSF specification ("MyFaces Core"), and a set of add-on libraries that work on any implementation of the specification (including, of course, Apache MyFaces Core).
JSF supports the development of highly interactive applications where the system interacting with the user is separated from the system that contains the presentation logic; web-browser/web-server is one example. JSF has a "component-based" architecture, and therefore is more like "Swing for the web" than an HTML publishing framework. People familiar with Swing, Gnome, KDE, MFC, VisualBasic, Delphi etc should feel right at home developing JSF applications.
The Sun JavaServer Faces(tm) Page has information about the JSF-1.2 (and older JSF-1.1) specification. They also provide a useful Tutorial there. MyFaces Core provides a 100% compliant implementation of these specifications.
The Apache MyFaces family of projects includes the following libraries that can be used with any JSF implementation to add extra features and flexibility:
- Tomahawk (Tomahawk),
- Tobago (Tobago),
- Trinidad (Trinidad),
- Orchestra (Orchestra),
- Portlet Bridge (PortletBridge),
- Extensions (Extensions),
- Dojo facelets (unreleased + in progress, see http://www.j4fry.org/dojoFacelets.shtml)
You can find further information about the MyFaces subprojects on the official site at http://myfaces.apache.org.
See the MyFaces Tomahawk and Sandbox examples in action:
See a MyFaces real world use case at JavaWorld
See the dojoFacelets in action:
If your company uses MyFaces, please add your company here: Companies_Using_MyFaces.
*FAQ - Frequently asked questions about MyFaces or JSF, including a section on Facelets/Tomahawk/MyFaces/Trinidad/JSF Troubleshooting
Using MyFaces Core
- MyFaces Core User Guide
- CompatibilityMatrix - MyFaces Core and component library compatibility guide
- core22_inputfile - How to set up File transfer in application server and ensure the file is transferred
JSF and MyFaces Core in Theory: The Concepts
Tracing and Debugging
Working with Radio Buttons
- Display_Radio_Buttons_In_Columns - Example of Displaying Radio Buttons in Columns.
- Radio_Buttons_and_Browsers - Notes about radio buttons and browser specific behavior.
- SubmitPageOnValueChange - Make an input control submit a page when the value changes.
- ManagingCheckboxes - Tips for working with checkboxes in datatables.
Conversion and Validation
- NullCapableConverter - Make a converter to handle disabled or null-capable SelectItems.
- Create_and_Display_Messages - Create Messages to be used by view with h:message h:messages.
- OptionalValidationFramework - allows you to change the behavior of validators in a form
- Entity_Converters - a special kind of converter that can take the input value as id and the return the desired entity instance.
- Client_Side_Validation - Run conversions and validations at client side.
Navigation Handling - in and outside JSF
- Navigation_Overview - Overview of the Navigation Tags
- Custom_Navigation_Handler - Enhance the MyFaces Core Navigation Handler to support parameter passing, dynamic navigation and redirection.
- InvokingJsfPagesWithStandardUrls - Creating standard HTML links (with parameters) that display JSF pages (using JSF in a RESTful environment)
- AccessingOneManagedBeanFromAnother - Accessing one managed bean from another
- ClearInputComponents - Clear/Reset all submitted values in input components on a page.
- AccessFacesContextFromServlet - How to access the Faces Context from a servlet.
- NestedFacesContext - A solution how to deal with nested FacesContexts
- Execute_action_on_page_load - How to run JSF actions and run navigation rules when a page loads.
Configuration of special features
- Performance - Making JSF perform
- PerformanceTestingWithJMeter - Using JMeter to test your application's performance.
- Secure_Your_Application - Encrypt the view state.
- LoggingSettings - Useful classes to log on for troubleshooting.
- A_Little_Quality_Assurance - How to validate your managed beans and navigation rules.
- Management_of_Webapp_Resources_With_Weblets - How to use resources packaged in a jar in MyFaces apps using Facelets.
- Bandwidth - Compression
- SecurityContext - Security Extension
- RedirectTracker - Preserve messages and t:saveState across redirects
Properly use those extended components
- Setup_For_File_Uploads - A quick and dirty checklist for setting up your MyFaces application for file uploads.
- Dynamic_Menus_with_JSCookMenu - Create dynamic menus using the jsCookMenu component.
- WYSIWYG_Editor - Integrate TinyMCE or DOJO WYSIWYG Editor into !Myfaces Application
JSF and MyFaces in Practice: Specialized Trails
Creating Custom Components
- ComponentPack - Create your own component pack
- Creating_Composite_Components - Create a composite or compound component out of existing components
- Programmatic - Programmatic creation and manipulating components in the runtime
- Sending_Files - How to set up a action which will download a file.
- Parameters_In_EL_Functions - How to pass parameters in an EL expression function.
JSF and MyFaces: The Reference
Frameworks related to JSF
- Hibernate_And_MyFaces - Bind Hibernate to JSF/MyFaces
- Tiles_and_JSF - Use Tiles with MyFaces
- JSF_With_Spring - Use the Spring Framework with MyFaces.
- "PrettyFaces URLRewriteFilter, Page Actions JSF Bookmarks, and Navigation" - Use the PrettyFaces URL Bookmarking Framework with JSF.
- JSF and Google Guice Integrating Guice and JSF
- MigrateFromJspToFacelets - Step by step instructions to migrate to Facelets.
- Facelets_with_Trinidad - To use trinidad components with facelets, you must also create a facelets configuration file.
- Use_Facelets_with_Tomahawk - To use tomahawk components with facelets, you must also create a tomahawk.taglib.xml facelets configuration file.
- Facelets_Support_within_IDEs - Using Facelets from within various Integrated Development Environments
- SEAM_Integration - Integrate Jboss Seam into your application.
- Integrating_Ajaxanywhere - See how easy is to "ajaxize" your application.
- Myfaces_Eclipse_Setup - Configure eclipse to launch MyFaces applications using tomcat/jetty.
- JSF_and_Acegi - Using Java Server Faces with Acegi Security
- Java_Studio_Creator_and_MyFaces - Java Studio Creator and MyFaces
- AJAX4JSF_and_MyFaces - Using Ajax4JSF with MyFaces
- ICEfaces_and_MyFaces - Using ICEfaces with MyFaces and the Tomahawk Components
- JSF_Flex - JSF and Flex bridge. Allows creation of Flex applications by normal JSF usage.
- FacesFreeway - An effort to minimize the work for simple input forms (no longer actively developed)
- Metawidget - Another effort to minimize the work for input forms
- jsf-comp Sourceforge project - Shared community code sandbox.
MyFaces Development and Project Management
- MyFaces_Developer_Notes - MyFaces developers guidelines
- Contributing_Patches - How to attach code changes and other files to the MyFaces issue tracker
- EditXdocs - Editing Myfaces xdocs files in the MLMind XML editor
- JSR-252 - Info you will need if you are working on the MyFaces JSF 1.2 project
- Obsolete/older_MyFaces_Development_pages - Building older versions of MyFaces
- Building_MyFaces_in_your_IDE - Building, Debugging and Deploying MyFaces in your IDE
- Automated_Testing - Automated testing of MyFaces
- Source_Code_Packaging - How MyFaces source code is divided into modules and java packages.
- Shared_-_impl_or_tomahawk - Which shared_XXX namespace should I use?
- ComponentsCommons - Whiteboard to discuss creation of a 'myfaces-components-commons' jar.
MyFaces Project Management
MyFaces Project Infrastructure
Community and Context
Talk, talk, talk
- Channel #myfaces on irc.freenode.net - chat discussion of myfaces issues.
- Channel ##jsf on irc.freenode.net - chat discussion of jsf issues. Log can be found on http://uwyn.com/drone/log/bevinbot/%23jsf
With a little help of our friends
- How_to_Help - Hints how you can get involved, help to support and contribute to Apache MyFaces
- Help_Wanted - Want to contribute? Volunteers needed for this list of tasks.
- Acknowledgements - The most important page of this WIKI: saying "Thanks" to people who helped making MyFaces a success!
- Spotlight - Articles about MyFaces
- What_Tools_Do_You_Use_to_Develop_Web_Applications_Using_JSF - Experiences from fellow developers
- Powered_by_MyFaces - Projects developed using MyFaces components
- Companies_Using_MyFaces - List of companies and institutions using MyFaces in their day to day work
- 3rd_Party_Contributions - 3rd party tools and APIs that work with MyFaces
On the web
- UsefulLinks - Tutorials for JavaServer Faces, MyFaces project activity and other useful links
Working with tables
- ManagingDataScrollerPage - From Detail back to List : How to stay on the right table page.
- Working_With_DataTable_And_PreserveDataModel - Use the data table and preserve data model correctly.
- WorkingWithLargeTables - Use dataTable/dataScroller without having the entire dataset in memory
- Working_with_auto_sortable_tables - Enable automatic sort on your data table
- Exporting_DataTable_To_MS-Excel - Out put a data table to excel
Working with TabbedPanes
- SettingTabClasses - Setting CSS Classes on Tabs.
MyFaces Core 1.1.x additional documentation
Using MyFaces Core
- Installation_and_Configuration - Installation instructions for different servlet containers
- Library_dependencies - Library dependencies and their versions
- How_to_add_MyFaces_support_to_a_Sun_JSF_RI_application - Add MyFaces Core support to a JSF RI application
Migration from previous versions
- From 1.1.0 to 1.1.1
- From 1.1.x to nightly
MyFaces Project Management
*MyFaces_Artifacts - List of Build Artifacts and their Contents
*Source_Code_Repository_Structure - Trunks and Branches