Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: March 2007

Curious about Facelets, but short on time for trying a new product? This short cut shows you how to start developing web pages quickly with Facelets, the new JavaServer Faces-based templating framework.

This short cut begins with an explanation of what Facelets is, how it works, and what it will do for you. Then, it shows you how to install Facelets, and teaches you how to build Facelets templates, how to create UI components without writing a single line of Java code, how to create custom Facelets tags, how to integrate AJAX into a Facelets application, and more.

Facelets unleashes the power and versatility of Faces by replacing the default JSP view handler with an xhtml template compiler. This short cut shows how Facelets lessens development time and improves code reusability. Are you ready to build a top-notch JSF user interface with Facelets? Power up your computer and let's go.

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By thejartender (The Jar Bar).

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    Comments about oreilly Facelets:

    To date, this is my only Oreilly "Short Cut" purchased and it manages to cram just about everything that another book (non Oreilly) with over 600 pages did into less than a 100 pages!

    Good examples especially regarding to the templating structure if Facelets.

    Seriously worth it as a quick primer which is all that I wanted.

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    Absolutely much read for anyone interested in facelets

    By Jacek Laskowski

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    Comments about oreilly Facelets:

    I'd been reading another book about JSF advanced topics like developing custom components and renderers, and surprisingly easy got bored with the way it was written. Another day I looked at the books I kept on my list to read and Facelets by Robert Swarr drew my attention. It's a while since O'Reilly had sent me the PDF version of the book for review so with a project I'm about to be involved in that's going to use Facelets extensively there couldn't have been a better time to cross it out from the list. I knew Facelets a little and I have never read a book about it. All in all, I thought it'd be great to see what I didn't know about facelets while reading the book. And to be honest, it was the best decision I could make. The 100-page Facelets book by Robert Swarr presented Facelets so easy and in a very comprehensible way that it took me a couple of hours before I finished reading it. The samples mixed with their explanations made the reading very pleasant. I'm not good at reading books at such quick pace and can get easily bored, but the Facelets book turned out to be beyond my expectations - it attracted my attention and I simply couldn't stop reading it. It was awesome. The more I read the more I needed - not because it missed the topic, but because it presented it so well on a few pages. I marked a couple of sections to study again later that ensured I'm going to come back to the book soon. If I were asked what a book style and format should be Facelets by Robert Swarr from O'Reilly would be one of the books to match. It is just 100-page long, with enough examples and explanations, screenshots to visualise what they may look like in a browser so anybody from JSF novice to JSF guru should find some pages worth reading. I did!

    Copied from Book review: Facelets (http://www.jaceklaskowski.pl/wiki/Book_review:_Facelets) .

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