July 1st, 2011 by Christian Kaltepoth

PrettyFaces 3.3.0 has been released

The PrettyFaces team is pleased to announce the release of PrettyFaces 3.3.0. PrettyFaces is an OpenSource Servlets extension with enhanced support for JavaServer Faces – JSF 1.1, 1.2 and 2.0 – enabling creation of bookmark-able, pretty URLs. PrettyFaces solves the “RESTful URL” problem elegantly, including features such as: page-load actions, seamless integration with faces navigation, dynamic view-id assignment, managed parameter parsing, and configuration-free compatibility with other web frameworks.

Features & Enhancements:

  • Performance improvements when running JSF 2.0 in project stage ‘development’
  • Regular expression performance improvements provided by Yann Simon.
  • Ambiguous View IDs are now resolved automatically when using pretty:mappingIds in action method navigation, <h:link> and <h:button> component outcomes
  • Ambiguous View IDs may now be resolved manually for outbound URL rewrites by adding ‘?com.ocpsoft.mappingId=…’ to URLs before calling HttpServletResponse.encodeURL(…)
  • Dynaview URLs* are now resolved during rendering of links and navigation cases, and are now as functional as traditional mappings.


  • Fixed bug that caused path parameter validators to be ignored (#102)
  • Handle java.lang.ClassFormatError during initialization of bean name resolvers (#101)
  • Also check Weld 1.1.x specific servlet context attribute while search for BeanManager
  • Mapping inheritance now working correctly for mappings using the same viewId

* – Previously, DynaView URLs would only function on inbound requests, and once the method was evaluated, the value would be processed and then abandoned. For example, when rendering <h:link /> components, users would actually see the dynaview method definition rendered as their url! That is not a good experience, so in resolving the problem, we simple evaluate the dynaview method a second time (or as many times as necessary) in order to render the desired link target. And we do this using…
May 15th, 2011 by Christian Kaltepoth

Serving dynamic file content with PrettyFaces

PrettyFaces offers a very simple and flexible way to create bookmark-able RESTful URLs in JSF applications. This short article will show you how easy it is to use PrettyFaces for serving other dynamic content like images or PDF files. Many applications are required to generate some kind of “dynamic” content for the user. A typical example are product images in a web shop. These are mostly not deployed with the application archive but rather stored in an external directory or a database. Another example are PDF reports that are generated on demand when a user requests them.
July 6th, 2010 by Christian Kaltepoth

Annotations support is coming to PrettyFaces: URL-rewriting

The PrettyFaces team is currently working on an alternative way to configure URL mappings. PrettyFaces will soon allow to use annotations instead of the classic XML configuration file to declare mappings. We encourage everyone interested in PrettyFaces to take a look at this new way of configuration and share his or her opinion with us.