Best books to learn JSF for Java developers

Best books to learn JSF for Java developers

JavaServer Faces (JSF) is a Java-based web application framework for developing component-based user interfaces. It was formalized as a standard through the Java Community Process and is part of the Java Platform, Enterprise Edition. JSF is becoming popular and already a number of projects have been developed using JSF framework. JSF can also be integrated with Spring framework thus making it an ideal choice for developing new projects. Being a Java developer, it is highly useful to learn JSF framework. In this post I am sharing some of the Best books to learn JSF for Java developers.

Having a good knowledge in JSF will be a plus point and will keep you ahead of others in an Interview.

JSF in Action

JavaServer Faces in Action is an introduction, a tutorial, and a handy reference. With the help of many examples, the book explains what JSF is, how it works, and how it relates to other frameworks and technologies like Struts, Servlets, Portlets, JSP, and JSTL. It provides detailed coverage of standard components, renderers, converters, and validators, and how to use them to create solid applications. This book will help you start building JSF solutions today.

Best books to learn JSF - JSF in Action

Core JavaServer Faces, Third edition by David Geary – Cay Horstmann

To help you quickly tap into the power of JSF 2.0, the third edition of Core JavaServer Faces has been completely updated to make optimum use of all the new features. The book includes three totally new chapters on using Facelets tags for templating, building composite components, and developing Ajax applications.

Without requiring any knowledge of servlets or other low-level “plumbing” , Geary and Horstmann show you how to build robust applications with minimal handcoding and maximum productivity.

The first half of the book thoroughly explains the basic building blocks from using standard JSF tags, to working with data tables, and converting and validating input.

Advanced tasks such as event handling, extending the JSF framework, and connecting to external services are covered in the second half of the book. The final chapter provides solutions to a variety of common challenges, including notes on debugging and troubleshooting, in addition to implementation details and working code for features that are missing from JSF.

The third edition also features more proven solutions, hints, tips, and “how-tos” that show you how to use JSF effectively in your development projects.

Core JavaServer Faces is the perfect guide for programmers developing Java EE 6 web apps.

Best books to learn JSF - Core JavaServer Faces

JavaServer Faces By Hans Bergsten

In JavaServer Faces, developers learn how to use this new framework to build real-world web applications. The book contains everything you’ll need: how to construct the HTML on the front end; how to create the user interface components that connect the front end to your business objects; how to write a back-end that’s JSF-friendly; and how to create the deployment descriptors that tie everything together.

JavaServer Faces pays particular attention to simple tasks that are easily ignored, but crucial to any real application: working with tabular data, for example, or enabling and disabling buttons. And this book doesn’t hide from the trickier issues, like creating custom components or creating renderers for different presentation layers. Whether you’re experienced with JSF or a just starting out, you’ll find everything you need to know about this technology in this book.

JavaServer Faces is a complete guide to the crucial new JSF technology. If you develop web applications, JSF belongs in your toolkit, and this book belongs in your library.

Best books to learn JSF - Oreilly JavaServer Faces

JavaServer Faces 2.0: A complete reference by Burns & Schalk

This comprehensive volume covers every aspect of the official standard Web development architecture for JavaEE. Inside this authoritative resource, the co-spec lead for JSF at Sun Microsystems shows you how to create dynamic, cross-browser Web applications that deliver a world-class user experience while preserving a high level of code quality and maintainability.

JavaServer Faces 2.0: The Complete Reference features an integrated sample application to use as a model for your own JSF applications, with code available online. The book explains all JSF features, including the request processing lifecycle, managed beans, page navigation, component development, Ajax, validation, internationalization, and security. Expert Group Insights throughout the book offer insider information on the design of JSF.

Best books to learn JSF - JavaServer Faces complete reference

JSF 2.0 Cookbook

The JSF 2.0 Cookbook contains step-by-step instructions for JSF users to build desktop-style interfaces in their own web applications. The book is designed so that you can refer to it chapter by chapter, or you can look at the list of recipes and read them in no particular order. This book is for two types of audience: Newcomers who know the basics of JSF but are yet to develop real JSF applications. JSF developers who have previous experience but are lacking best practices and a standard way of implementing functionality

It contains over 100 simple but incredibly effective recipes for taking control of your JSF application.

Best books to learn JSF - JSF 2.0 Cookbook

Mastering JavaServer Faces 2.2

A homogenous guide integrating the features of JSF 2.x (2.0, 2.1 and 2.2), following a “learning through examples” paradigm with its main focus on the advanced concepts of JSF.

Starting out with a very basic topic, Expression Language, you will continue onwards covering a wide range of JSF sectors, such as JSF communication, JSF scopes, and so on. Throughout the book, you will master JSF artifacts (AJAX, HTML5, configurations,  renders, handlers, listeners, events, factories, tabular data, custom components, Facelets, and so on) in a compendium of programming practices and informative examples.

You then round off with a detailed discussion on the capabilities of Facelets. Overall, this book helps you gain knowledge on the latest JSF features in an interesting and original approach. Adding these skills to your personal arsenal will turn you into a veritable JSF master.

If you are a web developer who uses JSF, this is the book for you. Catering to an intermediate-advanced audience, the book assumes you have fundamental knowledge of JSF. It is intended for the developer who wants to improve their skills with the combined power of JSF 2.0, 2.1, and 2.2.

Best books to learn JSF - Mastering JavaServer Faces


That’s all about the list of Best books to learn JSF for Java developers. You can also refer the following JSF tutorials for an understanding.

JavaServer Faces Technology

JSF 2 Tutorial

Also read my other posts,

Best books to learn Java for beginners

Best books to learn Spring

Best books to learn Hibernate


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