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Facelets Is Gaining New Attention

Posted by editor on August 27, 2011 at 1:23 PM PDT

Deepak Vohra has a new article on the Oracle Technology Network, "Templating with JSF 2.0 Facelets". This article comes on the heels of the latest article, Nadine McKenzie's "Streamline JSF Development with These 3 Facelets Must-Knows". So, why Facelets, and why now? If you're not familiar with Facelets, perhaps now is a good time to introduce yourself to the technology.

Facelets is an open source project hosted on The project is a GlassFish sub-project. Facelets is also a component of JavaServer Faces, which is implemented by the Mojarra project on

"That's fine," you say. "But what can I do with Facelets?"

Good question! The introduction on the Facelets home page provides the rationale behind Facelets and an overview of its capabilities:

The web community is eagerly seeking a framework like Tapestry, backed by JavaServer Faces as the industry standard. While JavaServer Faces and JSP are meant to be aligned,Facelets steps outside of the JSP spec and provides a highly performant, JSF-centric view technology. Anyone who has created a JSP page will be able to do the same with Facelets. The difference is under the hood where all the burden of the JSP Vendor API is removed to more greatly enhance JSF performance and provide easy plug-and-go development.

The Facelets Developer Documentation, which subtitles Facelets as being the "JavaServer Faces View Definition Framework," is the place to go for complete details on the technology.

Example Facelets web app from Nadine McKenzie's "Streamline JSF Development with These 3 Facelets Must-Knows."

Deepak's and Nadine's articles provide a good tutorial-style introduction to what's in Facelets, and how to use it to create web pages and services. Both articles have plenty of code with accompanying figures the show what the code produces in your browser.

Example Facelets web app from Deepak Vohra's "Templating with JSF 2.0 Facelets."

If you'd like to get more involved in the Facelets open source project, consider subscribing to one or more of the mailing lists (or the Mojarra mailing lists) -- or join the Facelets project. Weblogs

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