Posted by edburns
on November 13, 2006 at 8:35 AM PST
In this entry, Ed explains why server side frameworks are important, even in a world of Ajax and GWT.
In my recent spate of
engagements, I have been including a "
and apple pie" slide in my presentations about JSF and Ajax. I put
this in my slides in response to a question I sometimes hear when I make
the case for JSF and Ajax. The question goes something like this:
Hey, why do I need JSF, or any other server side framework for that
matter? With Ajax, or things like GWT, can't I just put it all in the
You're welcome to do that, but if you do, please
know that you'll have to do all of these things yourself.
alt="Screen capture of slide showing basic requirements of web apps"
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As you may guess, JSF already does all of these for you, does them quite
well, and does them in a way that is an industry standard, with the
brainpower of leading minds from Oracle, Sun, IBM, Apache, the Open
Source Community, and others.
This is why I have been spending my spare time trying to get
href="http://ajax.dev.java.net">Project jMaki to have first class
support for JSF as a core part of its feature set and value proposition.
In fact, if you support this idea, please send an email to
jMaki User list saying that you think this is important. For some
exmples of this in action, please see