The book consists of 15 chapters and 6 appendixes.
- Chapter 1, Introducing JavaServer Faces
Explains how JSF fits into the big picture of web applications and
how it compares to alternative technologies.
- Chapter 2, JSF Development Process Overview
Provides an overview of what it means to develop an application with
a JSF-based user interface.
- Chapter 3, Setting Up the JSF Environment
Describes how to install the Tomcat 5 web container and how to
install the book examples, including the JSF reference
- Chapter 4, Servlet and JavaServer Pages Basics
Describes the fundamental HTTP, servlet, and JSP concepts you need to
know in order to use JSF to its full potential.
- Chapter 5, Developing the Business Logic and Setting Up Authentication
Provides an introduction to the sample application used for most
examples in this book and the business logic classes for this
- Chapter 6, Creating and Rendering Components
Gives a first look under the hood of JSF, focusing on how components
are created and rendered at both the API and JSP level.
- Chapter 7, Calidating Input
Describes how converters and validators are used to validate user
input, and how to develop your own custom validators and customize
- Chapter 8, Handling Events
Explains how to deal with different types of events triggered by
clicking on buttons and links or changing input components values,
and how these events may affect the user interface or invoke the
- Chapter 9, Controlling Navigation
Takes a look at the JSF page navigation feature and how the outcome
of event processing can control which page to display next.
- Chapter 10, Working with Tabular Data
Describes alternative ways to display and edit tabular data,
including how to best handle large tables.
- Chapter 11, Internationalization
Explains internationalization and localization, the Java features
available to implement an internationalized application, and
describes how JSF takes advantage of these features for development
of multilingual web sites.
- Chapter 12, Odds and Ends
Covers various areas not discussed in previous chapters, such as
composing a page from multiple files, integration with the Struts
application framework, debugging tips, and more.
- Chapter 13, Developing Custom Renderers and Other Pluggable Classes
Describes how to develop custom JSF renderers for standard components
to provide alternative rendering and input capabilities, and
discusses how to replace other pluggable classes with custom
- Chapter 14, Developing Custom Components
Shows how to develop custom JSF components in different ways, from
simple customization of existing components to development of brand
- Chapter 15, Developing a Custom Presentation Layer
Describes how JSF supports other presentation layer technologies
besides JSP and how to develop a custom layer inspired by the
Tapestry open source product.
- Appendix A, Standard JSF Tag Libraries
Describes the JSP custom actions included in the two standard JSF tag
- Appendix B, JSF Expression Language Reference
Contains a description of the JSF EL syntax and rules.
- Appendix C, Standard JSF Components and Render Kits
Contains descriptions of all standard JSF component classes along
with the standard render kit.
- Appendix D, Infrastructure API Reference
Contains descriptions of all JSF infrastructure classes, including
converters, validators, and error messages.
- Appendix E, JSF Configuration File Reference
Contains descriptions of all JSF configuration file elements.
- Appendix F, Web Application Structure and Deployment Descriptor Reference
Contains a description of the standard web application structure and
all elements in the web application deployment descriptor.
The chapters build on each other, so I recommend that you read them