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Java Enterprise

This blog entry describes an unsupported process for overwriting the version of Mojarra that comes bundled in WLS 12.1.2 and beyond with an arbitrary version (from groupId org.glassfish artifactId javax.faces). Sometimes it is necessary to upgrade the version of Mojarra that comes bundled in WebLogic Server with a different version, either newer or older. One such usage: the Mojarra team at...
on Feb 14, 2014
In every JSF application view state is kept either on the client or on the server. How do you make sure this state is smaller? The 'com.sun.faces.compressViewState' comes in handy here. It makes it so that the Mojarra runtime will Gzip compress the view state. Note the context-param is set by default to true, so only if you want to turn it off you will need to do something. In your web.xml file...
on Feb 12, 2014
Today we are covering what the "com.sun.faces.sendPoweredByHeader" context-param does. Historically the JSF runtime would send the "X-Powered-By" servlet response header that would tell what the backing engine was (for Mojarra 2.2.x it would show "JSF/2.2"). To make it possible to turn this on or off this context-param was introduced. From a security perspective it would be smart to keep it off...
on Feb 11, 2014
The "com.sun.faces.validateXml" context-param makes it possible for you to have the Mojarra JSF runtime verify your configuration files against the faces-config.xml schema. If an error is found you will immediately be made aware as deployment will fail until you fix the problem. Note when you are ready to go to production the "com.sun.faces.validateXml" context-param should be set to "false". In...
on Feb 7, 2014
By convention in Faces Flows the page that is the start node has the same name as the flow, but is it possible to change that? It sure is, read on! We'll dive into the Faces configuration file that will make this work. <faces-config version="2.2"              xmlns="http://xmlns.jcp.org/xml/ns/javaee"...
on Feb 6, 2014
The results of the most recently completed Java.net poll suggest that Java EE 7 is finding increasing use, impacting more projects and the daily work of more and more developers over time. This is one more indicator that the Java EE 7 release has to be considered a major success: the release occurred less than a year ago, yet the impact is already considerable. A total of 149 votes were cast...
on Jan 26, 2014
The JavaEE team at Oracle has been busy processing the feedback from the JavaEE 8 Community Survey Question 6 in part one of the survey reads: "Is there any one de-facto standard technology in this space [Server side web MVC framework, aside from JSF] to which we should look for inspiration". For those respondents that answered yes to that question, fully half of them cited Spring MVC. By way...
on Jan 13, 2014
Why would you add a placeholder component to the tree using ui:component? Well, sometimes you need to add content dynamically, but you also need to be able sure where it ends up. Why would you need to know where it ends up? Well imagine the following scenario   <ui:component id="component1">    <ui:include rendered="#{myBean.include1Yes}"...
on Jan 2, 2014
Lets start with a small quiz: Can you find 3 differences in the pictures below? Yeah, you got it. That was an easy one. :) Surprisingly, implementing preview for extra asset types has been relatively simple as well. When coming up with the architecture of DAM, the Magnolia team chose to not generate previews and thumbnails of assets directly in the module, but rather delegate this functionality...
on Dec 31, 2013
In the most recently completed Java.net poll, developers suggested that, yes, they're aware of "Big Data" and its implications, but overall they're not all that surprised at what they're seeing in that area. A plurality of votes went to "It was bound to happen, given today's powerful computers, it's no big surprise"... A total of 135 votes were cast in the poll. The exact question and results...
on Dec 16, 2013
Occasionally, users have the need to override the version of JSF included in the application server by bundling a different version of JSF with their application. If you are trying to use CDI in such a scenario, you might have noticed it does not work. Is there a way out? Yes, there is, by including a small JAR and some configuration in your web application you can make this scenario work. Add...
on Dec 10, 2013
To make it possible to debug the view tree the JSF runtime has a debug component (ui:debug) that you can use. What is the best way to do this? Add the ui:debug component to the bottom of your page and activate it only in Development mode. This makes it available when the application needs to be debugged, but it does not put a burden on a Production application.   <ui:debug rendered=...
on Dec 9, 2013
How do you convert a date in JSF? The example below outputs the date using the long date style <?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8' ?><!DOCTYPE html><html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"      xmlns:h="http://java.sun.com/jsf/html"      xmlns:f="http://java.sun.com/jsf/...
on Dec 6, 2013
If you have ever wondered which version of Mojarra is running on the container you can determine what version is running using a simple piece of code. How? The following code snippet shows you how!   FacesContext.getCurrentInstance().getClass().getPackage().getImplementationVersion() And that is it. Enjoy!
on Dec 4, 2013
Hurray, 50 JSF tips! For your convenience I have prepared a JSF tips bitly bundle that links back to them all. See http://bitly.com/bundles/o_7q05ovp05f/2 And that is it. Enjoy!
on Dec 3, 2013

Java Desktop

The Java is a platform which grown up quickly, for many rations such it can write once time and run anywhere, it runs languages on JVM. There is a myth that Java cannot compile its sources on run time, but it's truth? Have a dynamic language is important to make some projects, for example, calculate taxes to different cities, so the source should be on the database and each city it puts the...
on Jan 19, 2014
Just recently I was engaged to assist with an application that wasn’t behaving. The application, running in a 1.7.0_45 JVM, relied heavily on a 3rd party SAAS framework. That vendor provided my client with a list of 26 different JVM flags that should be set. When faced with this long list of flags I couldn’t resist asking why all the flags and why these flags. After all there are more than 700...
on Dec 11, 2013

JCP

This is my first blog on java.net! Happy new year! At 2014/01/11, A big Java EE 7 event has been held on China Nanjing Software Valley jointly organized by China (Nanjing) Software Valley Joint Management Committee and China Nanjing Java User Group. ChinaNanjingJUG(http://q.weibo.com/1696581) is founded at 2013, and focus on the promotion of Java EE and Java related technology into China....
on Jan 13, 2014

Java Tools

An essential part of a well-written unit test is a well-written assertion. The assertion states the behavior you expect out of the system. It should tell you at a glance what a test is trying to demonstrate. It should be simple and obvious. You should not have to decipher conditional logic or sift through for loops to understand what it is doing. In addition, any non-trivial logic in a test case...
on Jan 4, 2014

Java Web Services and XML

I was very pleased to see the JFrog team take me up on my suggestion early this year that "Maybe the JFrog team will consider giving a presentation on how they put all this together at JavaOne this September". Unfortunately for me, the session (Building a Massively Scalable Cloud Service from the Ground Up) was already filled to capacity as I walked up to the door, so I was unable to attend....
on Dec 8, 2013