Before you start
This tutorial shows Java programmers how to build highly interactive Java EE applications for deployment on Apache Geronimo using the JSF components. The tutorial assumes you'll be using the Eclipse IDE as your development platform.
This tutorial is the third of a five-part series about building Apache Geronimo applications using JSF. Here's a rundown of the entire series:
- Part 1: Use Eclipse and Apache MyFaces Core to build a basic application introduced you to using Apache's MyFaces implementation of the JSF standard with Geronimo, a free application server (also from Apache). This tutorial showed you how to use the Eclipse IDE's Web Tool Platform (WTP) to build JSF applications.
- Part 2: Using Tomahawk with JavaServer Faces showed you how to integrate Apache Tomahawk components with your Geronimo application. Tomahawk provides several custom components that are 100% compatible with JSF.
- Part 4: Extend JSF with Apache Trinidad components teaches you how to integrate components from Apache Trinidad, the open source version of ADF Faces, with your Geronimo application to enhance your JSF application's interface.
- Part 5: Integrating your JSF Application with Spring shows you how to integrate your JSF applications with the Spring Framework, a popular framework that makes it easier for Geronimo developers to build Java EE applications.
You need the following tools to follow along with this tutorial:
- Part 2 source code so you can add to that application.
- Geronimo, Apache's Java EE server project. Geronimo comes in Tomcat and Jetty flavors, depending on your needs. We used the Jetty flavor (version 1.1) because it's smaller.
- MyFaces, Apache's JSF implementation. Download the core version (without Tomcat) from Apache. We used version 1.1.3 with this tutorial.
- Tomahawk, which provides additional components and input validators for use with MyFaces, while still maintaining 100% JSF compatibility.
- Eclipse, the extensible open source IDE that supports a wide range of languages and platforms.
- Ajax4jsf, Sun's open source framework for adding Ajax functionality to existing JSF applications. The current version is 1.0rc4 at the time of this writing.
- Java 1.4 or newer installed on your system. Eclipse binaries come with their own Java run time, but Geronimo and MyFaces don't (that would seriously bloat up the download archives).