Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Are we really making progress with JSF?

http://www.java-samples.com/showtutorial.php?tutorialid=476

This is a tutorial on how to open a link in a new window using Java Server Faces. Hello 1995.

Why do the developers of JSF think they can dispense with hyperlinks? We are having major pains here because our end users can't actually bookmark pages. Now I need to use a very foreign package (Tomahawk's Extensions Filter) just to pass an argument to a JSF page in a new window.

Yes javascript is not a lot of fun to write or debug, but sometimes the medicine is worse than the disease. Someone needs to do a comprehensive shootout between the rich JSF implementations and extJs. There must be some middle ground to abstracting javascript without losing so much basic functionality.

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