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JSF 2.0 Ajax For Beginners

This tutorial is for people who want to get a quick start with JSF2.0 AJAX

1) Open Eclipse and create a new web project.

2) Put jsf-api.jar, jsf-imp.jar under the WEB-INF\lib folder.

3)Create juma.mohammad.MainBean class

package juma.mohammad;
import java.util.Date;
import javax.faces.bean.ManagedBean;
@ManagedBean
public class MainBean {
private String date = (new Date()).toString();
public void update() {
try {
Thread.sleep(4000);
date = (new Date()).toString();
} catch (InterruptedException e) {
e.printStackTrace();
}
}
public String getDate() {
return date;
}
public void setDate(String date) {
this.date = date;
}
}

Here we use the @ManagedBean JSF2.0 annotation. We marked here our MainBean as a JSF Backing Bean..

4) Web.xml as below:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<web-app xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xmlns="http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/javaee" xmlns:web="http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/javaee/web-app_2_5.xsd" xsi:schemaLocation="http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/javaee http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/javaee/web-app_2_5.xsd" version="2.5">
<servlet>
<servlet-name>Faces Servlet</servlet-name>
<servlet-class>javax.faces.webapp.FacesServlet</servlet-class>
</servlet>
<servlet-mapping>
<servlet-name>Faces Servlet</servlet-name>
<url-pattern>*.jsf</url-pattern>
</servlet-mapping>
<context-param>
<param-name>javax.faces.PROJECT_STAGE</param-name>
<param-value>Development</param-value>
</context-param>
<welcome-file-list>
<welcome-file>index.jsp</welcome-file>
<welcome-file>index.html</welcome-file>
</welcome-file-list>
</web-app>

our url pattern is " *.jsf "

4) There is no need for faces-config.xml,  thanks to JSF 2.0 annotations :)

5)Create index.jsp and put it under the WebContent folder:

<% response.sendRedirect("main.jsf"); %>

6)Create main.xhtml page and put it under the WebContent folder as well:

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">

<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:h="http://java.sun.com/jsf/html" xmlns:f="http://java.sun.com/jsf/core">
<h:head>
<title>JSF 2.0 Simple Ajax...</title>
<style type="text/css" >
.ajaxResult { color: #440000;
font-weight: bold;
font-size: 18px;
font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
}
</style>
<script language="javascript" type="text/javascript">
function showDateIndicator(data) {
showIndicatorRegion(data, "dateIndicator");
}

function showIndicatorRegion(data, regionId) {
if (data.status == "begin") {
document.getElementById(regionId).style.display = "inline";
} else if (data.status == "success") {
document.getElementById(regionId).style.display = "none";
}
}
</script>
</h:head>
<h:body>
<h:form id="myForm">

<h2>JSF 2.0 AJAX</h2>
<br/>

<h:commandButton value="Update Date" action="#{mainBean.update}">
<f:ajax render="myForm:viewDate" onevent="showDateIndicator" />
</h:commandButton>

<table border="0px">
<tr>
<td><h:outputText value="#{mainBean.date}" id="viewDate" /></td>
<td><span class="ajaxResult" id="dateIndicator" style="display: none; font-size: 60%"> <img src="ajax-loader.gif" /> Loading data from server... </span></td>
</tr>

</table>

</h:form>
</h:body>
</html>

Now, to enable Ajax behaviour we just need to use <f:ajax tag > which takes 2 attributes

a) rerender : which is responsible for updating a specific area on the page

b) onevent : here we call a Javascript function which will handle the ajax call, and it will take response data as argument.

We used it here to show AJAX indicator message , and once the response is received back from server this function will hide the AJAX indicator message.

7)Put this image ajax-loader.gif under WebContent folder:

8)Export the project as a war, and deploy it …

I hope you will find this tutorial useful 

From http://java4you.wordpress.com/2010/05/05/jsf-2-0-ajax-for-begginers/

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