We are proud to highlight Christian Kaltepoth
, who gave a fabulous presentation on [[PrettyFaces]] at WJAX/JAXCon
in Munich on Wednesday, November 10th – 2011. Christan presented with Andy Bosch
, who gave a short intro of URL-rewriting, what it means for applications in general, and why you should do URL-rewriting.
Key points include:
- URL-rewriting can be used to create human-readable URLs, which is good for user-experience.
- REST-ful URLs using keywords benefit search engine optimization (SEO)
- Hiding non-essential URL information such as page extensions (.jsp, .xhtml, .do) helps protect your applications from vulnerability.
- With URL-rewriting, REST-ful URLs can be applied to any new or existing application
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…
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.
Do you have an existing Maven-based Java EE application that you’d like to clean up a bit in the browser? Do your URLs look too much like this:
And not enough like this?
Are you building a new application, and don’t want to sacrifice anything when it comes to usability or SEO capabilities? Well, URL-rewriting is your answer, and it’s easy to get started, even easier using JBoss Forge.
I was recently asked the question, “Is it possible to create a modular JSF application, where JAR-files act as plug-ins and allow xhtml views, images, css, navigation rules, and managed beans to be added as modules to the application?”
The answer to this question is, “of course,” but there is no pre-set way of accomplishing such a task, so you’ll have to be a little creative. I’ve come up with a conceptual architecture that “would work,” if properly implemented, but keep in mind that this is just something I threw together in a few minutes of thinking about the problem.
PrettyFaces is an OpenSource Filter-based 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.
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.
It is amazing what can be done in exactly one year’s time. January 17th will have been the 2nd anniversary since Lincoln Baxter and I started OcpSoft. It’s been one seriously fun, and wild, ride with JavaServer Faces
and the open-source community. I want to take a moment to talk about my partner’s success story and what he has accomplished in just one